So here's the update:
a)Hotel has been shelved largely because it was not attracting a BIG (Hilton, Meridien) type investor who could take the whole block and also because the needs for special lobby and entrace and vehicle approach and so on were going to compromise the cinema. SO the block is being made into a large student accommodation block, and
b) in addition there is going to be far more retail space with much bigger units which is something that the traders will be happy about (the original retail space was pretty pathetic).
c)the offices are being cancelled again for logistic reasons (they would have to had had separate lifts and entrances etc.,) so that whole block will be flats.
This sounds as if they're not trying very hard to attract a big hotel chain. The location is:
1) 2 mins walk from a rail line which connects Gatwick and Luton Airports
2) 5 mins walk from a tube station to the West End or City
3) outside the congestion charge zone
4) 10 mins in a cab from the City
Surely these factors are sufficient to intice a hotel in the business and or budget airline market?
It will be a missed opportunity if E&C doesn't get a large hotel/conference centre as part of the regeneration.
I totally agree and put this to Mr. Oakmayne. We are desperately missing a half way decent hostelry here. And I also pointed out to him that this smacked of a lack of joined up thinking. To this he could only hang his head!
Oakmayne have also purchased a building to redevelop on Blackfriars Rd. Hannah House I think. Presently used as student accomadation. Maybe this could become a Hotel development instead, Slightly better location and just across the road from your front door Jackie.
I agree a good hotel is esential so maybe have a chat with Mr Oakmayne about it