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Bennetts to replace 60s blocks with new City hotel

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Bennetts Associates has bagged planning permission to flatten three ‘tired 1960s buildings’ close to St Paul’s Cathedral with a new 5-star Queen Hithe Hotel

Approved by the City of London this week, the 18,600m² scheme for Resolution Properties will sit on a retained bridge structure over Upper Thames Street.

As well as the 224 bedroom hotel, the projects includes nine apartments in a neighbouring riverside residential block. 

Rab Bennetts, director at Bennetts Associates, said: ‘This project finally unlocks two elements of public access with a single strong architectural idea; first, it completes the northern riverbank walkway and, second, it provides a unique connection between the area near St Paul’s and the old Queenhithe dock through the hotel’s public foyers. 

‘After years of neglect, the site finally seems ready for regeneration.’

Construction work is expected to start imminently.

South end of the Queen Hithe Hotel

Source: Bennetts Associates

South end of the Queen Hithe Hotel

The architect’s view

Constrained by St Paul’s Cathedral’s heights and the retained bridge structure, the hotel forms a distinctive wedge-shape which extends over the full length of the tight site. Where the building touches the ground it also has to negotiate the Scheduled Ancient Monuments which partially occupy the site, including the remains of Huggin Hill Roman Baths to the north and the original Queenhithe dock to the south.

The building’s facades will consist of layered materials, with a stone base below podium level, anchoring the building in the City. Upper floors will be clad in lighter, reflective materials and include recesses to provide solar shading and brightly coloured reveals to further animate the façade.

The lower levels of the eight storey hotel building will house public spaces, including restaurant and conference facilities. At the south end of the hotel, a double-height glazed reception area and first floor hotel bar will have spectacular river views, overlooking Shakespeare’s Globe and South Bank.

Hotel bedrooms predominantly face east and west and will have angled windows, maximising views to the tower of St Mary Somerset to the northwest and sightlines to St Paul’s Cathedral and the tower of St James Garlickhythe at higher levels.

Three of the nine riverside apartments will sit above the hotel bar at the south of the main hotel building, while the remainder will be housed in the adjoining block to the east.


Massing Model

Project Credits


Client: Resolution Properties
Development Manager: Hanover Cube LLP
Architect:  Bennetts Associates
Structural Engineer:  Waterman Groupes Engineer:                                Hilson Moran Partnership

Cost Consultants:                                  Tweeds

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