City Temple Quarter
Client: Shiva Hotels
Architect: Eric Parry Architects and EPR
In giving their unanimous support Members at Committee acknowledged that the City Temple Quarter development will play a key role in the emerging ‘Cultural Quarter’. Offering a unique and truly mixed use development comprising a high-quality 191-bed hotel and the introduction of agile affordable workspace in under-utilised Church space, in-turn providing the ‘enabling development’ for the refurbishment and enhancement of the Grade II listed City Temple Church to enable it to continue to provide a place for ministerial purposes, quiet reflection, social/community inter-action within the City – as it has historically done so.
The project comprises a unique hotel and heritage development, with strong viability justification required in the face of a robust office safeguarding planning policy, and a complex ecclesiastical exemption process for the associated refurbishment of the listed City Temple.
The siting of the hotel next to the European headquarters of a Global Bank, has required extensive discussions and refining of the detail of servicing and delivery regime.
A revised scheme designed by EPR has recently been submitted under a Section 73 and Section 19 application to address amendments as a result of design evolution post approval.
A truly exciting and unique mixed-use scheme, combining a new high-quality hotel and the adaptive use and enhancement of the heritage asset at the adjacent Grade II Listed City Temple Church