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New Hotel Planned For Holborn Viaduct

Plans have emerged for another mid-rise building on Holborn Viaduct, this time a hotel replacing an older office building at numbers 26-30.

Developed by Tannen Morley Ltd and designed by Stephan Reinke Architects the scheme features a building of up to 14 storeys that will serve as a 226 room hotel with 10,180 square metres of space. There will also be some retail on the ground floor, and likely a gym too for hotel leisure use.

The top of the hotel, floor 14 will have a rooftop bar that faces south and overlooks Plumtree Court with Cock Lane to its rear. With a height of approaching 50 metres above ground level, coupled with the fact that the building is built on the land that gradually rises away from the Thames, it should have sweeping views to the south making it yet another popular venue with those who like going out in City after work.

The development is a bit of a change for this area that is dominated by offices. Holborn Viaduct is part of the area known by estate agents as "midtown" but despite the commercial space in the area there remain a number of historic buildings. The most relevant to the site is the baroque City Temple that stands next door. The hotel fašade that fronts on to Holborn Viaduct has been carefully massed to fit in with this in terms of scale, with the taller element rising behind on Plumtree Court which at 52.5 metres AOD breaches the height of the tallest modern building in its immediate surroundings.

The building has received some criticism from the authorities for its taller part, specifically the flanking wall that overlooks the east of Holborn Viaduct. With its lack of detail beyond the beige limestone fašade it appears this will have to be reworked meaning that some design changes are going to be made before things can progress.

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26-30 Holborn Viaduct

26-30 Holborn Viaduct
26-30 Holborn Viaduct, London
26-30 Holborn Viaduct, London