Hong Kong-based group Dorsett Hospitality International has been granted planning permission to convert the former Matrix office building in the City of London into a 275-bedroom hotel.
Known as Dorsett City, London, the hotel will be located adjacent to Aldgate tube station and the 18th century St Botolph Church. The parent company intends to provide a parcel of land to the church for landscaping work and to provide greater accessibility to the local community.
John Connolly, head of UK Development for Dorsett Hospitality International, said: "Given the architectural sensitivity of this historic and typically dense area of London, the Matrix is indeed a landmark building; both figuratively as well as architecturally; and we are indeed honoured and grateful to the local community and the City of London Corporation for granting us the approval to proceed with our re-development plan."
Dorsett Hospitality International owns and manages 18 hotels in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia across three brands - Dorsett Hotels & Resorts (midscale and upscale), d.Collection (boutique) and Silka Hotels (budget). A further seven hotels will open over the next two years in China, Hong Kong and the UK.