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Dominvs Group Announces Plans for Citicape House, Holborn, London

Dominvs Group​​ has submitted a detailed planning application for Citicape House​ (61-65 Holborn Viaduct, London) with​ the potential for around 296,000 sq ft of floor space at a total delivery cost of up to £250m.

Citicape House’s redevelopment would further add to the Groups’ dynamic and ever growing portfolio of regeneration sites within Central London.

This application represents a unique opportunity for Dominvs Group to enhance and revitalise a prominent site within the City and to deliver an iconic building at the entrance to the new ​​Culture Mile​​. The site will establish a recognisable gateway to the City of London’s ambitious initiative which aims to redefine the City as a world-class cultural destination, including the new Museum of London.

Citicape House will encompass a high-quality hotel, a publicly-accessible viewing gallery with separate entrance, a rooftop restaurant and bar, and SME-purposed workspace with associated public realm improvements. The proposals were designed by award-winning architecture practice ​Sheppard Robson​.

The proposals include:

○ A ​382 bedroom hotel designed to respond and reflect the specific existing context of the area whilst adapting to the changing environment through the establishment of the Culture Mile.

○ Europe’s largest living green wall at approximately over 40,000 sq ft in area, which extends across the entire extent of the façade of the building. The living wall will include approximately 400,000 plants, which provide 7 tonnes of fresh air and extract 9 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

○ Flexible workspace, specifically designed to meet the requirements of diverse high growth companies and their new working practices for small to medium enterprises.

○ A ​publicly-accessible rooftop terrace representing a brand new piece of public realm for visitors to the area as well as workers in the city and hotel guests. This inclusive space has been designed to be used as a space to dwell and observe the surrounding area as well as further supporting biodiversity. The roof terrace will be free for members of the public to visit, with no booking required.

○ A vibrant, flexible hotel lobby/café/workspace at ground floor level.

○ A new area of public realm at ground level comprising high quality hard and soft landscaping.

Jay Ahluwalia, Dominvs Group director, says:​​ ​“Dominvs Group is incredibly proud of its proposals for 61-65 Holborn Viaduct which aim to play a major role in the regeneration of the Smithfield area. With the City of London’s vision for the area and the creation of the Culture Mile, we feel this project will support and enhance the overall ambition for this exciting, new cultural destination as the creative heart of the Square Mile."

He continues: "Coming after our successful opening of The Dixon at Tower Bridge and the recent breaking of ground at Creed Court, St Pauls, we hope our proposals demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing developments of the highest quality in Central London. We also believe the building’s proposed Living Green Wall could be an exciting, innovative and celebrated addition to London for years to come.”