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Riverbank Park Plaza Set For Makeover

The Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel on London's Albert Embankment is one of those nondescript buildings London's pass without usually noticing. Built in 2005 it's an unremarkable building that has found itself close to one of the future high-rise areas of the capital, Nine Elms, and as such despite being less than a decade old plans have been proposed by Squire and Partners to extend the building upwards by five floors.

There had been previous plans in 2004, 2006, and 2010 to try and extend the building upwards but none of those were successful. This time around Squire and Partners at first attempted to get a 21 floor redevelopment accepted by the planning authorities, and then the proposed 19 floor one with a height of 59.53 metres.

This sees the height of the hotel raised on the side facing the River Thames, the most financially profitable rooms. The roof is then sculpted so that it gradually angles down towards the south of the building. Topping it there will be three pocket terraces that will give new outdoor space to the hotel residents although unfortunately it's not clear whether these will be private terraces for the penthouse rooms. In all 98 new guest rooms will be created.

Changes will be made to the facade of the hotel with the east and west glass screens removed streamlining the external appearance. The orange terracotta tiles that give it its current distinct colouring will replaced with dark blue, the finish of which depends on where the material is situated - tiles on the lower levels will be gloss and gradually fade to matt on the higher floors. These exterior blues draw from the history of Royal Doulton Pottery, the headquarters of which is within spitting distance.

A planning application for the redevelopment has been approved by the local council but there is no sign, as yet, of construction beginning.

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