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Claridge’s Mega-Basement

Claridge’s Mega-Basement

Mayfair hotel, Claridge’s, could have the biggest basement in the country if their planning application is approved.

The plan, submitted to the Westminster City Council, details a five-storey 1,800 square metre extension which will house a chocolatier, swimming pool and a wine cellar.

Councillor Robert Davis, chair of the principle Planning Application Committee, said: “Westminster City Council supports the right kind of growth and is not against all basement development, but they must be carried out in a way that is considerate to local residents and the environment.”

Claridge’s argues that the five-star rated hotel facility, such as in-house laundry, spa and swimming pool, are essential to their business.

By creating the extra facilities on-site in an underground ‘iceberg basement’  they will be able to reduce the number of delivery vans sent to and from the hotel on Davies Street each day and reduce the amount of noise and traffic in the general area.

Neighbours in London who have mega-basements being built on their street often complain about the noise from construction and the added traffic with trucks shifting materials to and from building sites.

Last month saw Westminster City Council ban multi-storey basements being built under houses and impose a levy of between £8,000 and £30,000 on mega-basement construction projects.

The consultation period for Claridge’s application closes next week.

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