The site forms part of the historical fabric of the Quays which unfortunately had fallen into disuse and had lain vacant for a number of years. It is currently the only unused premises on the stretch of Lower Ormond Quay, between the Millennium Bridge and Ha’penny Bridge. This lack of use and activity extended through to Strand Street South, which contains a frontage of approximately 28m.
It is intended to reactivate the Protected Structures by refurbishing these buildings, in line with Best Practice, and introduce a use that is similar to prevalent uses in the immediate area such as food and beverage. The protected structures are currently vacant, however were formerly in use as food and beverage as part of the Zanzibar complex. It is proposed to revert back to the F & B use within the protected structures at ground and first floor levels. The protected structure will also include the aparthotel reception area and entry to the aparthotel contained behind.
The remainder of the site will contain the Aparthotel, which will extend to the frontage on Strand Street Great. The proposed structure is sensitively separated from the protected structures to maintain its integrity. The new build only “touches” the protected structure with the glazed element over the reception area. This active frontage will replace a disused building and painted hoardings along Strand Street Great and will continue to enhance the upgrade of this city centre thoroughfare.