City Corporation Approves Application for Hotel Bringing New Life to City Temple


The City of London Corporation recently granted a building permit to Eric Parry Architects to construct a 10-story, 191-room hotel on Holborn Viaduct on the current site of Morley House.

The development application has been approved by the Society’s Planning and Transportation Committee and is the second hotel approved in the city this year. There are now 35 hotels in the City of London, with another 14 hotels under construction and three licensed sites that have yet to start construction.

The City’s hotel stock has grown in recent years from 3,780 rooms to more than 5,000 rooms between 2011/12 and 2016/17. By 2023/24, the City should have 7,800 hotel rooms.

These plans also include the two lower floors of the nearby City Temple which will be let by the owners of Morley House for flexible office use, adding to the hotel’s offering and securing City Temple’s long-term future – a international church located in Holborn since 1974.

City Temple is home to church halls, residential accommodation and meeting rooms used by organizations such as Sainsbury’s, the NHS and the City Law School.

Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, said:

“The City of London is a changing business environment and we are committed to supporting the growth of financial and professional services.

“With an additional 1.25 million square meters of office space under construction, we have the potential to accommodate an additional 75,000 workers. But we also need to make sure that there is enough housing on offer throughout the city.

“We also recently approved student accommodation in the City, helping London remain competitive with education providers around the world.

“The city temple is currently falling into disrepair. This development demonstrates the benefits of mixed-use developments and how the City is uniquely able to combine culture and heritage with the modern needs of our visitors and workers.

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