Wool Warehouse

Area: 5,500m2
Status: Concept
Type: Mixed Use (Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments)
Client: Kingston Estates
21 New Street near Bishopsgate is a 7 storey former wool warehouse. MAX was approached to review options for the property and the site.

They included refurbishment of the offices, conversion to a hotel, serviced apartments or residential accommodation, or substantial demolition and new-build. MAX proposed a development that responds to the need for short and mid-term accommodation in this location while providing a mix of private and public amenity that encourage footfall to this interesting corner of the city.

Modelling and analysing the site in its context, we were able to designate spaces suitable for longer term accommodation or short-term stays and identify those more suited to ancillary or supporting uses. The model supported an argument for establishing both serviced apartments and boutique hotel accommodation operated centrally around shared communal facilities with either open or membership access by the general public. Designed to an exceptional standard, the development would be aimed at the top end of the itinerant working and visiting City population.