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Green light for £1bn London hotel development

Queensgate Investments and Rockwell have secured planning permission for a hotel and serviced apartment scheme alongside affordable homes and substantial public realm improvements.

Designed by architects, SimpsonHaugh, the new scheme will replace an existing 906 room hotel with a development that includes visitor accommodation for the future as well as restaurants, bars, health spa and conference facilities.

Alongside the hotel will be a new, publicly accessible and sensitively designed 2,700sq m garden square, more than doubling the size of the existing green space, which will be the only publicly accessible green area within 1km of the site.

Kensington Forum is set to deliver substantial public benefits for the local community through the creation of over 800 employment opportunities, in addition to 62 genuinely affordable rented homes, worth £90m, for Londoners on low incomes: the capital’s first private development to deliver 100 per cent genuinely affordable homes. Contributions of almost £3m will also be provided for public realm improvements to the area around Gloucester Road station, in addition to over £1m to training initiatives to ensure jobs are created for the most in need. 

“We pride ourselves on the delivery of genuinely transformative schemes and Kensington Forum is further testament to that. Not only will this be one of the highest-quality buildings in the country, but redevelopment of the Kensington Forum will deliver a 300% increase in employment, 100% genuinely affordable Social Rented homes and a new public garden square. This development will benefit those who live, work and visit London for years to come,” said Donal Mulryan, founder of Rockwell.


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