UK: Westminster City Council has granted planning permission for 55 Broadway to be transformed into a luxury hotel, under the ownership of Blue Orchid Hotels.
Blue Orchid, part of the Integrity International Group, has worked alongside officers and Historic England to develop proposals for the repurposing of the Grade I-listed 55 Broadway Complex. The complex includes 55 Broadway, 100 Petty France, and Wing Over Station.
55 Broadway was designed by architect Charles Holden and built in 1929. It served as the headquarters of the Underground Electric Railways of London Ltd, which was subsequently taken into public ownership and became London Transport in 1933.
The building received Grade I listed status in 2011, upgraded from its Grade II listing in 1970.
Transport for London sold the 55 Broadway Complex in the summer of 2019 for a reported £120 million, and vacated the building earlier this year.
Tony Matharu, founder and chairman of both Blue Orchid Hotels and Integrity International Group, said: “I am delighted that we are able to move forward with our well-prepared plans for this unique location. Having worked closely with TfL and a number of other stakeholders, I feel we have a shared vision for the future of this complex. As guardian of the heritage and historical value throughout the buildings I feel privileged to be leading this exciting project. To breathe new life into the space, create new value and to welcome everyone to enjoy this special property will be very rewarding.”
Blue Orchid Hotels operates three London properties: Tower Suites, The Rochester and The Wellington.
The company is sponsoring IHM’s inaugural URBAN LIVING FESTIVAL: stay-live-work event in November 2020.