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Dexter Moren wins go-ahead for Japan-style pod hotel for Trocadero

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] A Japanese-style ‘pod’ hotel, designed by Dexter Moren Associates, is to be built in the Trocadero in London’s Piccadilly Circus

Westminster City Council has given the green light to planning permission for the hotel, which will occupy the second to seventh floors in the Grade II-listed building as part of a larger 53,495 m² mixed-use leisure and retail scheme.

Each of the hotel’s 495 en-suite bedrooms will measure just 12m² to 17m², inspired by capsule hotels in Japan.

It will be the first time the upper floors of the building have been used since they were home to the UK’s biggest indoor theme park Segaworld.

Councillor Alastair Moss, chairman of Westminster Council’s Planning and City Development Committee, said: ‘The designs for this hotel are a good example that bigger does not equal better, and take into account that when people come to central London with its vast array of attractions and things to do they do not always need or want a large room.’

Sheppard Robson, who was part of the original design team for a previously approved scheme (AJ online 09.05.08), is no longer involved in the project.

Project data

Type Of Project: Mixed Use: Hotel, Retail & Leisure
Structural Engineers: Waterman Group
Project Architect: Dexter Moren Associates
Design Team: Dexter Moren Associates
Client: Criterion Capital
Funding: Not known
Tender date: to be confirmed
Start on site date: to be confirmed
Contract duration: to be confirmed
Gross external area including retail/leisure/hotel: 53,495 m²
Gross external area (hotel only): 15,077 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: to be confirmed
Total cost: 
Not known
M&e consultant: WSP
Quantity surveyor: to be confirmed
Planning supervisor: N/A
Lighting consultant: N/A
Main contractor: to be confirmed
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: to be confirmed
Annual co2 emissions: N/A

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