Dorsett Hotels are progressing towards construction work on their conversion of the Shepherds Bush Palladium – better known as the Walkabout – into an aprt-hotel with commercial space.
Construction is expected to begin in 2018 with completion the following year.
Dorsett say they will respect the history of the Edwardian building, which dates back to 1910, by preserving the original façade and retaining historic details under the development. Designed by architects Flanagan Lawrence, the revitalised building will have eight storeys added to accommodate a combination of one-bedroom and duplex serviced apartments, while the ground floor will feature a restaurant linked to neighbouring Dorsett Shepherds Bush and the lower ground floor will house a café and entertainment space.
The development will be linked to the facilities of Dorsett Shepherds Bush hotel, which includes the popular bar ‘Jin’ in the hotel’s golden atrium, extensive meeting space, a gym and spa, as well as two restaurants – Pictures and Bib Gourmand recognised Shikumen.
John Connolly, Head of UK Development at Far East Consortium, parent company of Dorsett Hospitality International, said: “We are delighted to have obtained planning permission to transform the former Walkabout pub into desirable serviced apartments. The building is steeped in history and has played a pivotal role in the history of Shepherd’s Bush. We are proud to be able to restore its original details, most of which are covered up at present. The new building pays homage to its past but also gives it a future for many to enjoy for years to come.”
Dorsett Hospitality International launched its first London hotel, the 317-bedroom Dorsett Shepherds Bush in 2014 and will soon open its second, the 267-bedroom Dorsett City in Aldgate. It also plans to convert Hornsey Town Hall into a Dorsett hotel.
Area Manager of Dorsett Shepherds Bush and the soon to launch Dorsett City, Hilary Cross, will oversee the Shepherd’s Bush Palladium developments and commented, “It is a very exciting time for Dorsett in London and as Dorsett Shepherds Bush approaches its third anniversary, this is a timely opportunity to enhance our existing offering and experiences we provide our guests.”