Scoping out Andre Balazs' Future Standard Hotel London
With news having come down the wire that Andre Balazs will grace London with its own Standard Hotel, we had to head over to the city’s King’s Cross area to have a look ourselves. Smack in the middle of one of the city’s largest construction and regeneration projects, the former Camden Town Hall Annexe site (above) doesn’t bring a lot of aesthetic desirability to the table in its current form.
EstateGazette previously referred to “refurbishment” and “additional floors” being proposed, which could mean the existing structure will be used as a base. The additional floors are likely to upset some people, with debate about height restrictions for the building and in the area going back as far as two years. Nothing on or around the building indicates its future as a Standard Hotel at this point, aside from notices that the Camden council is moving. Initial information indicates it will take at least two years to redevelop the building.
Andre and his architects will have to wave their magic wand to somewhat measure up against the Gothic exuberance of the Renaissance St. Pancras Hotel directly across busy busy Euston Road, where you’ll also find the Great Northern Hotel.
The comparative silence just behind the hotel is remarkable, with classic Georgian architecture and even a smidge of green space surrounding a primary school playground. With a few – potential – additional floors, the hotel should house about 250 rooms. We’ll mentally mark our 2016/2017 calendars for opening and see where this goes.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]