The London Borough of Bromley (LBB) has resolved to grant planning consent to Cathedral Hotels for a comprehensive refurbishment of the Old Town Hall to create an outstanding boutique hotel of 94 bedrooms.
The scheme will see many of the original features of this Grade II listed building restored and become publicly accessible once again.
The project will include a hotel restaurant, conference and events space, and a courtyard garden. Key to the development is an opportunity for two additional independently operated restaurants, making the Old Town Hall a vibrant social hub.
Bromley Town Hall served the community for over 100 years and thanks to a perceptive proposal from Cathedral Hotels, the building will return to public use. One of the abiding principals of Cathedral Hotels is to bring old buildings back to life and make them an integral part of the community. Locals will be positively encouraged to use the hotel’s facilities for business and social networking in real time. A programme of world-class comedy, music and debates will be curated even before the doors are open for business. The Old Town Hall will be a place where births, deaths and marriages are no longer registered but celebrated.
Philippa King of Cathedral Hotels explains the ethos behind Cathedral Hotels.
“We will re-purpose Bromley Town Hall as a hotel of unique character and distinction. It will be at the heart of social and cultural relevance in Bromley.”
The investment required to deliver this vision will be in excess of £20 million. The equivalent of 120 full time jobs will be created in order to generate around £6m per year of additional spend for the Borough. Fifty-three new high quality apartments will also be developed on the adjacent site.
Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation, said:
“Bromley has lacked a high quality hotel in the heart of the town which is capable of holding conferences and the like and this gap in the market is being filled. This is a major step forwards and is more positive news for Bromley Town centre, which is getting stronger and becoming more dynamic. This hotel and residential development will both build on the improvements in our Bromley North Village scheme and also support them too.”
Jeremy Wall, Head of Hotels for Cathedral explains the company’s ambition.
“There are many councils across London who are wondering just how to breathe life back into their civic buildings with someone who cares. Typically these listed building are expensive to restore and risky to develop. Add to this the huge enterprise needed to operate a quality product that restores pride to a town and most run a mile or simply create another budget hotel, which is a crying shame.
“We are expert developers and operators. We love historic building. We care about the contribution we can make to regeneration and we care about attracting a whole new generation of customers back into our High Streets.”