60 Aldgate, Minories London 4C Hotels, Office Building Images, Residential Architecture News
60 Aldgate, Minories London
16 Dec 2020
60 Aldgate, Minories Masterplan
Design: ACME, Architects
Address: Minories, City of London, EC3N 1BQ, UK
Planning Approval for 60 Aldgate
This morning the City of London’s Planning & Transportation Committee approved the next phase of 4C Hotels’ Minories Masterplan, which is delivering major regeneration, economic growth, and attractive new architecture to the Minories and Aldgate area.
The Minories Masterplan is a mixed-use scheme with a refurbished hotel, a new office building and a residential building. The scheme also includes a landscaped park around the residential building and a number of urban squares with landscaping and seating areas. There are shops and business units at ground floor level alongside the office building.
4C Hotels are progressing with building out the new hotel, which will be a new Canopy by Hilton hotel opening in mid-2021, and work has started on the new residential building, which will deliver 87 new homes. This latest application focuses on improving the office building element of the scheme.
The new application was required following 4C Hotels acquiring adjoining sites, which was carried out in close liaison with the City of London. This has enabled a more comprehensive regeneration of the area, including securing a new, street-facing location for the Still and Star Public House, which is an important local heritage asset. The wider regeneration also enables greater public realm enhancements and better east/west and north/south pedestrian routes.
The key benefits of the new approach include:
– Improved additional public open space between the hotel and the newly proposed office scheme
– Re-configured, wider and better lit Harrow Alley connecting Little Somerset Street with Aldgate High Street
– Revitalised, commercially viable, Still and Star Public House benefiting from an Aldgate High Street frontage
– New shared off-street loading facilities serving the Hotel, Residential Tower and the proposed office building, which will take -vehicles off the road and reduce pressure on Little Somerset Street
– The provision of sustainable retail units serving the local community and adjacent occupiers.
4C Hotels’ Managing Director, Al-Karim Nathoo said:
“We are delighted that City of London councillors have given their approval for the rebuilding of the Still and Star and a major new office building at 60 Aldgate. This revised application will deliver a more comprehensive regeneration of the area, will protect key heritage assets, and deliver a more attractive public realm.
“We are really excited about this next phase in the Minories regeneration.
4C Hotels are fully committed to delivering this important project and we look forward to the opening of the new hotel in 2021.”
ACME’s Director, Friedrich Ludewig said:
“ACME have worked closely with planning officers and local pub campaigners to design a new Gin Distillery and Public House that re-interprets the proud tradition of slum pubs at the Eastern Edge of the City of London.
“60 Aldgate will close an urban void between the City and Whitechapel, and create a new architectural landmark with a vaulted structure bridging over the London Underground tracks in the basement.”
The developer is delighted to be working with TfL on this landmark 250,000 sq ft office development which forms part of the Minories Masterplan, which will also provide a new 342 bedroom hotel and adjacent high-quality homes. This will positively contribute to the growth of Aldgate and its attractiveness as a prime business district within the City of London.
Head of Property Development at Transport for London (TfL), Scott Anderson said: “We are delighted that these plans to deliver highly sustainable and energy efficient office and retail properties at Aldgate have been given the go ahead. When completed, the scheme will improve public spaces while making it easier for people to travel sustainably in the local area with new or improved pedestrian routes and cycle parking.”
ACME is an award winning architecture practice based in London, Berlin and Dublin. It’s 240 projects in 25 countries range from large public spaces and masterplans to bridges, workplaces, homes & hotels and interiors. Recently completed projects include Victoria Gate Leeds, Watermark Southampton, the Eastland Library in Melbourne, Robina Market in Queensland and Bumpers Oast in Kent.
Recent awards include the RIBA Award, MIPIM, MAPIC and WAF Best Project Awards, the ICSC Best of the Best Award and the RIBA Manser Medal for the best house of the year. 2021 will see the opening of the new Swansea Arena, the headquarters for the German bank SAB in Leipzig, a footbridge in Berlin, the Canopy Hilton in the City of London and Folkestone Harbour.
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