By News Reporters
Whitbread plc is seeking planning consent to convert the Grade II* listed Brook House in Torrington Place to a 179 bedroom business and leisure hotel. The office block which is on the corner of Tottenham Court Road is part of the building containing Heals and Habitat the furnishings stores.
Planning and listed building applications have been submitted to Camden Council for consideration to allow the conversion of the upper floors from office to hotel and to allow an additional storey to be built on top. The applicant says office use is no longer viable on this site because the building is past its economic life.
Camden’s planning policy requires other uses including mixed-uses to be considered but the applicants argue that the location is “entirely appropriate” for hotel use. However, when Whitbread consulted residents groups, concerns were raised about vehicle access to service the hotel and by guests using taxis in the narrow and already busy Torrington Place.
The applications for listed building and planning consent are also available to view at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association‘s offices at 39 Tottenham Street, W1T 4RX from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday 18 June.