Wandsworth Council’s Planning Committee has approved developer Dominvs Group’s plan on a vacant 0.38ha site next to the Embassy’s western boundary.
The buildings – an 11-story “midscale” hotel and a 15-story hotel promising “affordable luxury” – will offer a combined total of 837 rooms.
The larger hotel will have a cafe on the ground floor and a restaurant on the 14th floor with a bar and a view of the Thames.
Due to open in 2024, the hotels will be managed by different operators but will share a basement.
Squire & Partners partner Tim Gledstone said the dual hotel scheme, which targets BREEAM Excellent, “reflects the emerging high-quality neighborhood of Embassy Gardens and the surrounding wider masterplan”.
He added: “The hotels are designed as a sculptural counterpart to the American Embassy. Distinctly expressive and textured, the handcrafted facades take inspiration from the nearby River Thames, fragmenting and rippling the light.
“The floor-to-ceiling windows give guests stunning views of Nine Elms, the River Thames and London.
“The proposal is rooted in the linear park and the existing urban fabric, while creating new public spaces, pedestrian routes through the site and further improving the landscape of Ponton Road.
“The development contributes to the creation of a vibrant neighborhood and the completion of a new centerpiece of international contemporary appeal.”
The site – once a Victorian pleasure ground – is within the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Zone, identified in the London Plan as an area of regeneration.
Dominvs had already received consent for two hotels, but submitted a revised proposal which reduced the mass and height of the project in response to local market conditions.
The Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce has estimated that the hotels will contribute between £8.2m and £13m to the local economy through spending by hotel guests in the borough.