A “masterpiece" of craftsmanship originally built as offices for a train company is to be transformed into a 526-bedroom luxury hotel.
Westminster Council’s planning committee has given the green light for Blue Orchid Hotels to transform the 10-storey office block at The Broadway above St James’s Station.
The building was hailed by councillor James Spencer as “one of the most important buildings in terms of Art Deco design work in London and quintessentially British Art Deco.”
The “landmark” 1929 grade I-listed building was designed by Charles Holden as the headquarters for the Underground Electric Railways of London Ltd – with the Tube line running below.
The firm was taken into public ownership and became London Transport in 1933 – the precursor to Transport for London which sold the long lease for the building last summer for £120m – with the last office workers leaving earlier this year.
The council said the building has “exceptional architectural interest” and is a showcase of work by some of the top names in inter-war British sculpture.
It has 10 avant-garde style sculptures carved into the Portland stone around the outside of the building by artists including Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Henry Moore.