Kanda was delighted to work with The Other House to deliver a comprehensive virtual community engagement programme for the future of the Wellington Block in Covent Garden. The plans will deliver a new 186-bed lifestyle hotel and ancillary hospitality offering, working with much of the existing buildings and structure, and undertaking new rooftop extensions and have been granted consent in January 2022.
Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of consultation, the consultation was undertaken ‘at-a-distance’ with a range of virtual engagement methods including virtual presentations to key local stakeholders, an online exhibition (with an alternative postal exhibition offered to consultees) with feedback opportunities, and a postal newsletter advertising the consultation.
The consultation was productive with consultees welcoming the opportunity to bring the Wellington block back into active use, opening up parts of the site and retaining as much of the building fabric as possible.
We are delighted that the application was approved by Westminster City Council’s Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee on 18th January 2022 and look forward to see this important site being brought back into active use.