Tooting aparthotel gets green light for expansion

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UK: LHG (London Hotel Group) has won planning permission to expand its aparthotel scheme on Tooting High Street to 373 keys across six floors

Designed by Dexter Moren Associates (DMA), the previously consented aparthotel scheme at 111-113 Tooting High Street will now include the adjacent site of the former Tooting Constitutional Club at 101A Tooting High Street.

The scheme's revision has seen the elevations redesigned to improve its relationship with the character of the immediate area, while the restaurant and bar section now creates an active frontage to the high street. New and improved club space will be provided, as well as access to outdoor amenities for the local community.

Meher Nawab, CEO of LHG, said: "Tooting is a lively and growing area, voted into the Top 10 'coolest' neighbourhoods by Lonely Planet, and we are delighted to be playing an important role in the ongoing growth and popularity of the district. Our new aparthotel development will deliver high-quality facilities and amenity space that will benefit and support the development's neighbours, residents and local groups, as well as meeting a currently unfulfilled need for hotel accommodation in and around the Tooting area."

Herbert Lui, partner at DMA, said: "I am pleased to have worked with Meher to help deliver LHG's vision for an enhanced solution to this project; incorporating the adjacent site to create a unified design which improved the setting of the neighbouring listed buildings. Working to LHG's new brief for the project has also given us the opportunity to revisit the façade design to create a design that is more complementary to the neighbourhood. The recently consented scheme has an improved public access to the outdoor amenity space to the rear and we are pleased that the existing clubhouse is sympathetically integrated with the outdoor amenity and the hotel."

LHG's scheme will deliver 124 new full-time jobs for the local community, increase the footfall to the town centre and bring in an estimated £1.71 million spend to local businesses. It will also provide 500 nights of free accommodation to local health charities

Nawab added: "We are proud to present a hotel, which will act as a respite for parents and relatives of sick children at local healthcare facilities, including St George's Hospital who require overnight accommodation. As part of our offer, we will provide a minimum of 500 free room nights per year to St George's Hospital via Ronald McDonald House and St George's Hospital Charity."

Planning consultant for the scheme is Q Square and work is expected to start on site in November 2020.

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