Planning permission has been granted for a 200-bedroom Shoreditch Highgate hotel from Highgate Holdings, designed by architects Gensler.
The first Highgate Holdings hotel in London, the site is expected to be completed by 2018, and will form part of a 319,000 sq ft commercial building development located in Shoreditch, east London.
Design-wise it will feature glass façades framed in black steel with exposed concrete, and be designed to appear visually lighter with each storey, culminating in a bright ‘sky lounge' bar and events space on the roof.
Architects Gensler previously designed the Ritz Carlton hotel and residences in Los Angeles and Dubai, the Fairmont hotel Pittsburgh, the Beverly Hills hotel and bungalows, and Denver International Airport; while Highgate Holdings also operates hotels including the New York hotels the Knickerbocker on Times Square, the Refinery, the Quin, Westhouse and Row NYC.
Duncan Swinhoe, regional managing principal, Gensler, commented: "We are honoured to be working with Highgate. The secured planning permission is a testament to the close working relationship between Gensler and our colleagues at the London Borough of Hackney. Thoughtful architecture is at the heart of our proposal and our design respects Shoreditch's rich industrial legacy."