Groveworld secures approval for plans to revitalise the former home of the Royal Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London’s Knowledge Quarter
Groveworld is pleased to have secured a resolution to grant planning permission from Camden Council to create new homes, office space and a lifestyle hotel at 330 Gray’s Inn Road – the former home of the iconic Royal Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, in King’s Cross.
The proposals, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects AHMM, include the delivery of 72 high-quality homes – 50% of which will be designated as affordable housing. They will also deliver over 14,000sqm of new innovative office space, including lab-enabled floors, to cater for organisations that will strengthen the Knowledge Quarter’s reputation as a centre for innovation and excellence.
At the heart of this community will be a public courtyard, designed in collaboration between AHMM and landscape architects EAST, which will provide much needed open green space and create new routes and new connections to the wider King’s Cross area.
The 182-room hotel is envisioned as a new communal and leisure asset where people can work from, socialise with friends and take advantage of new amenity facilities, including a restaurant, café and gym.
Speaking about the approval of the application, Groveworld’s Senior Development Manager Ross Jacobson said:
”This is a significant milestone for an exciting project and our plans to revitalise 330 Gray’s Inn Road have been shaped by an extensive programme of engagement over the last 18 months with the London Borough of Camden and the local community.
The designs will create an exciting new community that, aside from providing much-needed new homes for the borough, will deliver a mix of open spaces and high-quality facilities our residents and neighbours can enjoy.
Our hope is that this will become an important site in the Knowledge Quarter as it continues to grow and flourish.”
The lead architect for the project, AHMM Director Philip Turner added:
“We have worked closely with Groveworld and Camden Council since May 2019, to develop an intricate masterplan of five buildings for 330 Gray’s Inn Road.
The final plans represent an exemplary design that has sought to reflect the historical grain of the King’s Cross Conservation Area, and will offer something for everyone, from open spaces to high-quality leisure facilities and a state-of-the-art lifestyle hotel where new and existing residents will be able to work, relax and socialise with friends and family.”
Daniel Austin, CEO at ASK, who provided finance for the acquisition of the site, said:
“ASK are delighted to have helped fund the acquisition of this unique site, with significant urban regeneration potential. Groveworld has been truly committed to this exceptional scheme and we were thrilled that the project now has the green light. Its ultra-modern lab-enabled office facilities will hugely enhance the Knowledge Quarter, alongside improved housing stock, leisure and accessibility, bringing a substantial uplift to this area of King’s Cross. It will be exciting to see Groveworld’s fantastic vision for the development progress.”
The application will now be referred to the GLA and works are expected to start early next year.