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City Road hotel, Old Street, London by Squire and Partners

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Squire and Partners has submitted plans for a 247-room luxury boutique hotel opposite Moorfields Eye Hospital in City Road, London

The scheme for Soneva Properties will feature a business centre for small and medium-sized local businesses on its first floor and a sky-bar on its 17th floor.

Describing the design of the scheme, a spokesman for the practice said: ‘Responding to the Moorfields Eye Hospital opposite, and taking inspiration from the 1980’s artworks of Bridget Riley, the facade is expressed as a triple glazed skin enlivened with differing patterns of transparency, opacity and solidity to convey diagonal slopes breaking across an underlying vertical structure. 

‘Manipulation and modulation of light, both internally and externally, give the facade richness and an ever-changing face on this prominent site, as well as assisting solar performance to create a sustainable development.  The conjunction of the vertical and the diagonal create a visual effect of depth and movement, and express the activities taking place within the building.’ 

The scheme is the latest in a line of proposals for the 151 City Road plot. Previously SMC Alsop had unveiled proposals for a 47-storey tower on the site. That project was scrapped in favour of a design by Jestico + Whiles, which has also now fallen by the wayside.

  • The government’s design watchdog CABE has strongly criticised another of the practice’s proposed hotels in the area - the aluminium clad, cylindrical Art’otel, in nearby Great Eastern street. The commission’s design review panel said the scheme was ‘incongruous in its surroundings’. Read the full comments by clicking here.

Project data

Architects:  Squire and Partners
Location: City Road, London EC1
Type Of Project: Hotel
Structural Engineers:
Project Architect:
Chris Hartiss (associate)
Client: Soneva Properties
Funding: n/a
Tender date: n/a
Start on site date: n/a
Total cost: n/a   



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