Planning secured for £300m Knightsbridge hotel

Construction of a £300m luxury hotel in London’s Knightsbridge has been given the green light.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Planning Committee granted planning permission for the regeneration of an NCP car park site on Pavilion Road. 

The hotel, designed by Tim Hamilton of UK-based Hamilton Architects, will be composed of eight floors above ground and three basement levels featuring 120 rooms, a top floor bar and 23,000 sq ft of retail space, a spa and accommodation. 

City Developments Limited (CDL), which owns the current freehold site, initially said the hotel had direct access to Harrods via a "disused underground pedestrian and goods tunnel" - though the department store has denied these claims. 

CDL’s executive chairman Say Kwek Leng Beng said: “This site offers CDL one of the best opportunities to develop an outstanding hotel in one of the prime locations in central London.

“We are tremendously excited by this and the value it will bring to our London portfolio and our valued clients.

“London is the most popular tourist destination in the world, attracting around 30 million visitors every year from all over the world.”.

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