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First prefabricated hotel rooms craned into place at citizenM Bankside

Construction of the new citizenM hotel in Lavington Street took a major step forward this week when a crane delivered the first set of prefabricated rooms.

citizenM London Bankside
What citizenM London Bankside will look like when it opens next year
First prefabricated hotel rooms craned into place at citizenM Bankside
The first of the modular rooms have now been delivered and dropped into position
First prefabricated hotel rooms craned into place at citizenM Bankside

The Dutch "affordable luxury" hotel chain bought Surrey House from Workspace Group for 4.5 million.

Planning permission for the new 191-room hotel was granted last summer.

The northern end of Lavington Street has been closed to traffic to allow a crane to drop the prefabricated rooms into place.

The modular rooms are made in a European factory and bolted together on-site. Each room is 14 square metres and includes a king-size bed and rain shower.

Last year CitizenM's Menno Hilberts told Southwark's planning committee that the hotel's pre-assembled rooms are "almost like a luxury yacht crammed into a small area".

At the other end of Lavington Street a new Premier Inn is rapidly taking shape, whilst the site of the nearby Hilton London Southbank in Bear Lane is now up for sale for 35 million.

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