Douglas Wallace Architects has submitted these designs for the complete overhaul of one of London's most famous buildings - the Grade II-listed Bow Street Magistrates' Court and Police Station.
A year on from its initial proposals (Plans unveiled for Bow Street Magistrates' Court
) Irish developer Edward Holdings has applied for planning and listed building consent to Westminster City Council to transform the building into a complex consisting of a luxury 80-bed hotel, restaurant and a museum celebrating the building's history - including the infamous trial of Oscar Wilde.
The design will see the preservation of many of the building's notable features including its white - rather than the usual Metropolitan Police Force blue - lamps at its front, and its Classical 1880s facade.
As well as preserving courtroom Number One - which will be used as a dining room - 16 cells will also be restored to their former 'glory', albeit with a few tweaks to make them acceptable for guests seeking a unique 'sleepover' experience.
While the facade is being maintained, at the rear of the building the courtyard, previously used as a turning space for police vehicles, will be 'eaten into' to make room for a modern extension to allow more hotel rooms.
Gerry Barrett of Edward Holdings said: 'We believe Douglas Wallace has developed proposals that more than satisfy our responsibility as this historic building's guardian, and secure its long-term future as a landmark London hotel.'
Douglas Wallace hopes the scheme will be completed by the middle of 2009.by Max Thompson