A half-finished hotel in east Greenwich could see building work kick-start into life if planning is approved next week to increase the number of rooms and alter the building.
The building is situated in a less than attractive part of Greenwich beside the Blackwall Tunnel approach. It was originally supposed to be an Ibis hotel though hit financial trouble. Those plans had 50 rooms; 68 is the new total.
It was originally marketed as a hotel where people could invest in individual rooms – the same type of scheme that also fell through at the Arsenal site in Woolwich – and which eventually became Premier Inn after a buy-out.
So it’s goodbye to Ibis and hello to Holiday Inn, though they have another hotel very nearby and received approval to expand.
A 300-room Travelodge is also proposed nearby with plans submitted in February.
These hotels will attract a mix of customers – some for the O2 and some for “old” Greenwich, or maybe a bit of both.
As said many a time, those heading to and from the Jubilee Line and O2 face traversing hostile and anti-pedestrian street design.
I’ve read through documents and there appears to be nothing to suggest any income will go towards improving that.