Architects have submitted new plans for the conversion of the Grade I-listed Admiralty Arch building into a luxury 100-bed hotel, with a large basement ballroom and a private members club. Proposals submitted to Westminster City Council seek consent for internal and external alterations, including the excavation of additional basements to the south west of Aston Webb’s building, which was completed in 1911.
Broad Court, Covent Garden
We are supporting residents in Broad Court who are opposing plans to use Broad Court as an extension to the new hotel in Bow Street.
“I would like to alert you to what a number of residents find very upsetting. The Bow Street building is being covered into a luxury hotel. We were consulted at the time of the application and I specifically asked at the time whether they had any intention of having drinking or eating in the public realm, the pedestrian oasis that is Broad Court. I was promised that they had no intention of doing so and so we supported their application. Now they are about to put a planning application for precisely that: the location of tables Broad Court and the moving of the listed telephone boxes to book end their space.
We already had to accept, in spite of our objections, tables from two other restaurants. A third will turn Broad Court from a quiet residential oasis into a food court with the resulting noise, litter and footfall. We are part of a conservation area and one of the few genuinely residential areas in Covent Garden. This commercialisation of the public realm has to be stopped.The applicants have been talking to some of our neighbours telling them that Westminster City Council is definitely going to approve their proposal.”
Victoria Station area
The development of a new masterplan for the area around Victoria station is covered in the New Civil Engineer. Invitations to tender have been issued by the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) to consultants to help develop a new masterplan that would make improvements to the public realm. Westminster City Council along with Victoria BID and Network Rail are mentioned has having already put up funds for the project.