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December 07, 2015

Gensler and Highgate Holdings Secure Planning Permission for Shoreditch Highgate Hotel

LONDON – The London Borough of Hackney has granted planning consent for Shoreditch Highgate Hotel, located at 201-207 Shoreditch High Street, East London. The project is being developed by owner Highgate Holdings and designed by Gensler.
Shoreditch Highgate Hotel will be a 319,000-square-foot commercial building, comprising a 200-room hotel and 127,724 square feet of commercial space. It will include creative office space with shared amenities. Shoreditch Highgate will be Highgate Holdings first hotel in London. It will add to a portfolio of 40,000 hotel rooms globally, including such iconic New York hotels as The Knickerbocker on Times Square, The Refinery, The Quin, Westhouse, and Row NYC.
The new property’s site is located in the heart of Shoreditch, an area of dynamic social, physical and economic change. Shoreditch is home to a wide variety of tech startups and a significant part of London's creative economy as well as being adjacent to The City. 
The scheme's design mediates between these two historic environments, embracing Shoreditch's existing infrastructure and the warehouses that characterise the streetscape, with ledges and terraces of differing heights.
Predominantly glass façades are framed with black steel in an exposed concrete structure, evoking the raw factory style of Shoreditch’s industrial past. Maximum glazing, particularly within the office space, provides a welcoming transparency. Roof terraces have been used to provide additional outdoor space as this is in short supply in the local area. Grounded by a solid, robust base, the building becomes visually lighter with each storey, culminating in a cantilevered sky lounge bar and event spaces.
“We are honoured to be working with Highgate on what is set to become a valuable asset for local professionals and the residents of East London,” said Duncan Swinhoe, Gensler regional managing principal. “The secured planning permission is a testament to the close working relationship between Gensler and our colleagues at the London Borough of Hackney. 
“Thoughtful architecture is at the heart of our proposal and our design respects Shoreditch’s rich industrial legacy, while providing local entrepreneurs and creative businesses with office space and shared amenities. We are confident that Shoreditch Highgate Hotel will deliver jobs and opportunities for local people – and contribute to the area’s creative and cultural fabric for many years to come.”
The project is due to break ground in the second quarter 2016 and the hotel is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. Gensler previously designed The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences in Los Angeles and Dubai, Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, and Denver International Airport Hotel and Transit Center in Denver.
Shoreditch Highgate Hotel Design Notes
  • The scheme is located on a site that currently does not fulfil its potential.
  • The scheme is highly contextual in response to the site’s predicament of being defined by infrastructure.
  • It is one of three infrastructure nodes that demarcate the Shoreditch triangle with a tall element.
  • The site’s close proximity to The City and a cluster of tall buildings requires the scheme to scale down in height to clearly distinguish where The City ends and Shoreditch begins.
  • The design is formed by a series of volumes stacked on top of one another to break down the scale and resonate with Shoreditch’s scale, rhythm and pace.
  • The different volumes have various allocated uses and are shaped by the requirements of each use. Their heights relate to local key existing buildings, such as the Tea Building.
  • The proposal is defined by three glass boxes. The base, called ‘the market,’ is highly permeable and accessible to pedestrians. The mid-terrace level, called ‘the Shed,’ offers gathering space for lectures, presentations and other amenities. Finally, the top box, named ‘the Sky lounge,’ offers a more intimate and exclusive space where visitors can enjoy views of London.
  • Overall, the design will breathe a new lease of life into the area, providing active public frontages in a 24-hour building.
Rachel Ringstead, Edelman, on behalf of Gensler:
+44 (0)20 3047 4051
Melissa Scarlett, Edelman, on behalf of Gensler:
+44 (0)20 3047 2175