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News - June/July 2019
Go-ahead for regeneration of historic Queens Hotel
A major project to enhance the Best Western London Queens Crystal Palace Hotel is set to get underway next year after hotel operator and developer LHG (London Hotel Group) secured planning permission on appeal.
Designed by Assael Architecture, the development will see the hotel expand from its current capacity of 331 rooms to 495 (with 265 new hotel rooms and 230 retained existing rooms), an increase in car parking, new coach parking facilities, retention of locally listed buildings and the continued part retention of the historic Mews building to the rear of the hotel. The development will also see the re-cladding of the dated 1970s block to the rear of the site.
The revised scheme reduces the massing of the development at the rear of the site compared to earlier versions and provides additional car parking. The proposals will also remove and alter some of the unattractive modern additions to the building and enhance the Conservation Area within which the site is located.
The refurbishment and enhancement of the hotel - which is a short walk from Crystal Palace Park and the neighbourhood centre - is estimated to be worth £2.3m per annum to the local economy and will contribute £2.1m of Community Infrastructure Levy funding for local health services, parks improvements, roads and education.
“The architectural design and composition will see the historic building refurbished and given an economically sustainable future through the redevelopment of the rest of the site, whilst improving its relationship to the conservation area and providing modern purpose-built hotel accommodation,” says Simon Pitt, director at Assael Architecture.
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