Extension for London hotel to go through


Property developer Derek Quinlan will probably get permission to build two additional floors on top of his prestigious London commercial property, Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair.

Planning officers have recommended his application for a two-story extension that will add 40 bedrooms to the five-star hotel. The extensions will go on top of the 1890s Victorian wing and the Ballroom wing, completed in 1931.

The move will increase the available floor space by 36,000 sq ft.

The development is "in sympathy with the building’s existing architectural character", say Westminster’s planning officers. English Heritage has expressed its concerns over the bulk of the extension however.

Additional costs include £3.8 million towards the council’s affordable housing programme, as well as £33,000 for CCTV and a minimum of £200,000 worth of public art, and £80,000 for environmental improvement works.

The application will go before planning the borough’s planning committee this coming Thursday (November 22nd).