It has been announced that the former headquarters for Scotland Yard Police and the Ministry of Defence building will be turned into a £100 million five-star hotel.
The Grade II listed site in Whitehall will be converted into either Chateau Marmont London or Mercer London by developer the Galliard Group. The 92,000 sq ft property will boast 235 bedrooms, a grand entrance foyer, winter garden lounge, cocktail bar, 120-seat conference room and one of the most expensive VIP suites in London, costing £10,000 a night. It is hoped that a wide array of hospitality jobs will also be created through the scheme.
As part of the development, the current Imperial red brick facade will be kept and the adjoining Edwardian office block will be implemented within the new hotel; the space being used for the pricey VIP suite. The suite will include a walk-in wardrobe, day room, spa bathroom and media room across several floors.
Galliard Group currently has a 125-year lease on the building. Chief executive Stephen Conway said: “Our vision is to create one of London’s most outstanding five-star hotels. It really is a 'blue-chip' building with grand architecture, a fascinating history and large dramatic interiors. The street is quiet and tranquil yet on the doorstep of London’s most famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street, the Mall and Buckingham Palace.”
The building originally was a dwelling for the Kings of Scotland when they visited King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I at Whitehall Palace, before it became the home for the newly founded Metropolitan Police in 1829. Today's Edwardian building was then built in 1910 as a headquarters for the British Army Recruitment Office and Royal Military Police.
The new hotel is scheduled to open in 2016 after a 26-month construction project worth £50 million.
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