Rosewood Hotels has begun construction on its second London property, with a current opening date of 2023.
The group is set to convert the former US Embassy on Grosvenor Square into a 137-room hotel with five restaurants, six retail units, a spa, and a ballroom accommodating up to 1,000 guests.
British architect Sir David Chipperfield will oversee the interior design of the grade II listed Chancery Building, with Rosewood stating that “the new design will delicately showcase the mid-20th century heritage of the building, combining traditional and contemporary craftsmanship through exquisite and refined interiors”.
Commenting on the news Abdullah Al Attiyah, CEO of the property’s developers Qatari Diar, said:
“Today, as we break ground at 30 Grosvenor Square, marks a momentous occasion for Qatari Diar. The opportunity to transform such an iconic address is something that only happens once in a lifetime and we are extremely proud to be responsible for it.
“We recognise the history of the building and are dedicated to sensitively redeveloping the former U.S Embassy into a new destination on Grosvenor Square.”
The building was vacated in early 2018, following the relocation of the US Embassy to a new home in Nine Elms.
Rosewood opened its first London property in 2013, within the former Marriott Renaissance Chancery Court, and Business Traveller reviewed the hotel shortly after it opened.