Planning success in Camden as consent given for the restoration and refurbishment of the former Central Saint Martin’s building in Holborn
Camden Council has given unanimous planning permission for Globalgrange Hotels’ proposals for the restoration and refurbishment of the former Central Saint Martin’s building in Holborn.
The proposals include:
- A new 427-room hotel in the refurbished Grade II* Lethaby Building and Red Lion Building which will contribute to and enhance the Kingsway Conservation Area and nearby Bloomsbury Conservation Area.
- New and improved active publicly accessible uses at ground floor level, including restaurant, retail, co-working space and cultural space. There is also a large conference/events spaces, spa facilities and ancillary land uses at basement levels. A restaurant and bar will be provided at thirteen and fourteen floors with publicly accessible terrace.
- 34 affordable homes in a new stand-alone building (Theobalds Building) to replace the Cochrane Theatre in a mix of London Affordable Rent and Intermediate Rent.
- The reintroduction of Orange Street, an historic route through the site, and a new publicly accessible courtyard.
- Improvements to the surrounding public realm.
- Creation of a safe and secure environment for existing and future residents, employees and visitors and
- Sustainable, high quality architecture.
Starting in early 2019, Quatro organised and managed the pre-application consultation which involved:
- Meetings with residents and community, amenity and business groups
- Meetings with Ward Councillors
- Meetings with the Bloomsbury Conservation Area Advisory Group
- Meetings with potential users of the proposed cultural space
- A Public Exhibition held in the former Cochrane Theatre.
As a result of the detailed and regular involvement of the community, the majority of the feedback was very positive, particularly from residents living in the Red Lion Square area. There were no speakers against the proposals at the Committee meeting and very few objections received by the Council. The proposals were granted permission by the Planning Committee unanimously.