Qatari Diar breaks ground on London’s second Rosewood Hotel

WCN Editorial Team 1 Aug 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Qatari Diar Europe has broken ground on London’s second Rosewood Hotel at 30 Grosvenor Square, the former site of the US Embassy, in the heart of Mayfair.

The hotel will consist of 137 guest rooms, five restaurants, six flagship retail units, a spa and a ballroom with space for 1,000 guests.

Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the external façade of the Grade II-listed building will be retained to reimagine the spirit of its original pioneering architect Eero Saarinen.

The new design will showcase the mid-20th century heritage of the building, combining traditional and contemporary craftsmanship.

Qatari Diar CEO Abdullah Al Attiyah said: “Today, as we break ground at 30 Grosvenor Square, marks a momentous occasion for Qatari Diar. The opportunity to transform such an iconic address is something that only happens once in a lifetime and we are extremely proud to be responsible for it.

“We recognise the history of the building and are dedicated to sensitively redeveloping the former US Embassy into a new destination on Grosvenor Square.”

Qatari Diar will work with the Grosvenor Estate to improve the public realm surrounding the new hotel, enhancing the expansive green space of Grosvenor Square.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts president Radha Arora said: “Today marks a new milestone in our London journey as we work with Qatari Diar to deliver our second hotel in this vibrant city and further expand our regional presence in Europe.

“By re-imagining the site of the former US Embassy, a Grade II listed building, we hope to provide a coveted experience within the prestigious neighbourhood of Mayfair that truly embodies Rosewood’s Sense of Place philosophy.

“We are excited to open up this historic part of Grosvenor Square once again, for guests and the public to enjoy, creating a welcoming environment that reflects both the historic nature of the building yet also bringing a fresh sensibility to this significant area.”

Construction of the hotel, valued at approximately £1bn, is expected to be completed in 2023.

The US Embassy was relocated to new premises in Nine Elms earlier in 2018.

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Image: London’s second Rosewood Hotel. Photo: courtesy of Qatari Diar.

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