Surely LBS wouldn't give planning permission for this extension. One, it is a listed building, and two, we have more than our fair share of hotels in SE1. I appreciate it was two storys higher in the past but the listing probably was made after it was repaired following the fire.
I would certainly hope that such an application would be dismissed. The building should be maintained as is, in accordance with the sentiment behind the listing. I hope it's rejected. I'm sure the ward councillors will be unhappy with the plans.
I think the plans are at an early/formative stage - see James' news story and the link to the Irish newspaper.
I agree that this beautiful listed building is "underused" by the general public, but I fail to see how yet another boutique hotel would afford access to the general public, a lot of whom wouldn't be able to afford to stay at such a hotel. Why deform a beautiful old building just to line someone's pockets?
Slightly off-piste, but driving up BHS to get to Clink Street tonight, it struck me just how much the skyline has changed in recent years. All these bits of glass(I'm thinking of the new NI building, contrasted with the Shard and the horrible amends to London Bridge station) are turning the place into Canary Wharf - a place with no soul. I preferred it as it was.
I dont suppose they will leave the old lift there! sliding gate with a lift attendant...and if you needed the lavatory you had to go down 2 floors! it was a lovely old building in 61/62...you could really see when it was a Hop exchange and Factors.
A tea shop along the lines you mention sounds a good thing, but my view still remains. Funny though you mention the Savoy - I'm doing my family tree and have discovered that my great grandfather was a head waiter at the Savoy...