London's Dominvs Group given consent to develop UNESCO site hotel

St. Paul's Cathedral at Ludgate Hill, London, U.K.(Image: Davide D'Amico / CC by-SA 2.0)

The City of London has approved the Dominvs Group’s plans to develop an 82,494-square-foot hotel on Ludgate Hill near to St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

Dominvs will operate the new hotel, a brand for which has not yet been announced, in the UNESCO World Heritage site's conservation area. It has been designed to a BREEAM Excellent level, a sustainability assessment. The group will retain the Creed Court’s façade, but the existing building on the site will be demolished. 

Preet Ahluwalia, on behalf of Dominvs Group, said in a statement, “Dominvs Group is committed to developing high-quality hotel accommodation while remaining sensitive to the treasured London locations in which we build.”

The new luxury hotel will have six floors of guestrooms, a restaurant and a spa. Dominvs will keep the existing retail space on the ground floor. 

The Ludgate Hill hotel project is Dominvs’ second development in London. The group’s conversion of the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court is already underway. The courthouse and police station will be redeveloped as the 200-room luxury hotel Dominvs Tower Bridge. Dominvs and Marriott are teaming up for this new hotel as part of the Autograph Collection. It will include a restaurant and conference facilities.

The group has also planned another London hotel development on the site the group acquired last year on Old Marylebone Road, Westminster.

Dominvs has partnered with other hotel companies in the past, including several with Holiday Inn and Ascot in 2014. The following year, the company partnered with InterContinental Hotels Group to open a 165-room luxury Crowne Plaza hotel at Aberdeen Airport.