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Is The Hilton London Bankside Being Revived?

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  Site Where: Great Suffolk Street, London, United Kingdom
December 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | ()

London’s Southbank is so hot right now, to use a phrase that generally makes us recoil a bit when we read it. That there is a lot of activity – hotel and otherwise – can’t be denied: Tate Modern is busy building its extension, the Mondrian is busy transforming Sea Containers House, and for those in the market for a million-dollar plus studio apartment, well, you’re in luck.

One question mark has been the giant hole in the ground on Great Suffolk Street, less than a block away from that Tate Modern extension and the frightfully expensive Neo Bankside residential complex. Planned to have a 288-room Hilton Bankside fill up the space by 2012, the site was dormant for the longest time. But wait! Things finally seem to be moving along, with what we expect to be an underground parking garage now nearly bringing the site to street level, and some early signs of rising from there. And there is more.

This is what the hotel will look like, according to the website of the architectural firm behind the design comprising of two structures joined by an all-glass entrance and light well. Aside from the rooms and suites, there will be a leisure club, conference facilities, and retail outlets on the ground floor. Status is listed as under construction, which seems sufficiently hopeful together with what we saw on the scene.

Digging a little further, this could be what you can expect on the inside, based on renderings here. The design should reflect the area’s industrial roots and the connection to the art scene (no doubt hinting at Tate Modern again), but we’ll have to know a little more to understand how exactly the ubiquitous mix of whites, dark wood, and grey tones is going to do that.

While we’re happy to go along with a projected opening in 2014 for now, the hotel doesn’t have the best track record so far, and less than a year to build the entire structure above ground is not a whole lot of time. We’ll wait and see; especially since Hilton itself still does not reference the hotel anywhere just yet.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter, Exterior Rendering: Dexter Moren, Interior Rendering: JRJ Studios]

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