Dominvs gets green light for Nine Elms twin-hotel project

Dominvs Group has received the go-ahead to develop two hotels in Nine Elms on the site of a former Victorian pleasure ground.

The developer was granted planning consent by Wandsworth Council for the two hotels, with a total of 837 rooms, which have been designed by architects Squire & Partners. It is estimated that they will open in 2024.

The scheme, located to the west of the US Embassy complex, will feature two distinct hotels connected by a common basement facility.

Wandsworth Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the scheme.

The 11-storey north hotel is intended to provide a midscale offer and will have 360 rooms.

The 15-storey south hotel will offer affordable luxury, with 477 rooms in addition to a publicly accessible ground-floor café, and a rooftop restaurant and bar with views towards the Thames.

Dominvs Group principal Jay Ahluwalia said: “Following a change in market conditions, we submitted revised proposals for two high-quality hotels, which will make a significant contribution to satisfying the need for the additional 2,230 hotel rooms that the London plan has identified.

“This scheme is testament to our team’s in-depth knowledge of local markets and the ability to remain agile to maximise the value created for the two pan-European tenants, who will lease the hotels in a further boost to the capital’s thriving hospitality sector.”

Dominvs has received approval as it looks to expand its £2.4bn development pipeline, which includes residential schemes, hotels, purpose-built student accommodation and mixed-use schemes.

The developer had previously received consent for two hotels at the site, but reacted to a change in local market conditions to submit a revised scheme that reduces massing and height, yet still delivers two high-quality hotels, which will be leased to institutional-grade tenants.

The two hotels are on the site of the former Victorian pleasure gardens at Nine Elms, with the facade design responding sensitively to the surrounding historic context.

They will offer guests far-reaching views along the River Thames. There will be significant public realm improvements to the Green Link and Green Arbour, improving the connectivity between local access roads.

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