Boutique hotel plan for former town hall
by Jim Dunton Wed 15 January 2014, 2:30 pm
Bromley Council has confirmed that it has signed a conditional agreement with developer Cathedral Group to create a four-star 'boutique' hotel at the borough's former town hall.
Invest Bromley reported in September that watchdog councillors had been given a low-key update on the proposals, but this month’s confirmation provides more detail on the scheme.
Bromley said it planned to grant a long lease on the Grade II listed building for the provision of a “high-quality hotel, wedding and conference facility with a restaurant”.
It said that the work would see many of the 1906 Tweedy Road structure’s original features restored and that the development would enhance its setting.
Bromley added that the conditional agreement also included provision for a residential development “proposed on the neighbouring South Street car park”.
Council leader Stephen Carr said the scheme would build on the borough’s rich heritage as well as stimulate new and quality development.
“The town hall site is a fantastic opportunity to provide the town with a high class facility, enhancing Bromley’s offer to visitors, shoppers and residents,” he said.
“This is an exciting time for the town centre with the Bromley South Central cinema development and Bromley North Village improvements currently underway, and with more to come.”
Cathedral Group chief executive Richard Upton said the town-hall development would be a “destination hotel" in an iconic local building.
“It will attract corporate clients with its top-grade conference facilities and meet local demand for a first class entertainment and wedding venue,” he said.
“Given the ambition and scale of regeneration taking place in Bromley, we believe this kind of development will be a significant addition to the town centre."
Bromley said planning and listed-building-consent applications were expected later this year.
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