Former US embassy hotel transformation begins

Careys Civil Engineering has been given the green light from developers to start enabling works on former US embassy hotel transformation.

Located in Grosvenor Square, London, the former US embassy is to be transformed into a 137 luxury hotel. Developer Qatari Diar has said, “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.”

Contractors Lasing O’Rourke, Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine are all bidding for the project. In addition, five shops and five restaurants will be built. Included within the hotel will be a ballroom, able to hold an impressive 1,000 guests and spa facilities. The hotel has an estimated value of £1bn.

The lead architect for the project is Sir David Chipperfield. The designs include retaining the buildings external façade, which is Grade II listed. The rest of the building will be demolished to make space for the new facilities.

The winning firm will be announced early next year. Work will be completed by 2023.

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