Ten Storey Hotel Scheme on High Street Set to Break Ground

Much delayed project will be at junction with Putney Bridge Road

CGI of the proposed hotel submitted by the developer with its planning application. Picture: WAMM Consulting/Governside Ltd

August 21, 2023

Plans are moving forward for a new 10 storey hotel, shops and offices on Putney High Street. Works are set to begin on the site in the town centre in September, after the scheme was first submitted to Wandsworth Council almost six years ago.

A 197-bedroom hotel with a reception and restaurant will be built at the corner of Putney High Street and Putney Bridge Road under the scheme from Governside Ltd. The building will also include space for shops, offices, restaurants and cafés at the lower levels, along with a public courtyard. Existing buildings on the site, which are up to three storeys tall, will be demolished.

WSP has now submitted a notice to the council to start works on the site on September 1. The initial works will be minor, with the rest of the works beginning at a later date.

Governside Ltd originally applied for the scheme in late 2017. Some changes were made to the plans during the application process, including increasing the number of hotel bedrooms from 179 to 197 and replacing proposals for a hotel bar on the top floor with a restaurant in the basement.

A planning statement submitted with the original application in 2017 said the site’s existing buildings were “at the end of their useable life and in need of renewal”, with parts of them “in poor condition”. It said the scheme would offer a “significant improvement against the existing situation”.

The council’s planning committee later approved the scheme in October 2020. A report by officers to the committee that month said the building would be of “good-quality design offering purpose-built modern flexible retail and office floorspace, together with a hotel”.

The report added the building would “represent a substantial change” to the setting but that its scale was considered to be consistent with policy objectives of “maximising development on brownfield sites”.

Picture: Visualisation of the planned hotel on the corner of Putney High Street and Putney Bridge Road. Credit:, provided in Wandsworth Council documents

Charlotte Lilywhite - Local Democracy Reporter

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