London developer Galliard Homes has forged an agreement with Abu Dhabi based retail, hospitality and property conglomerate Lulu Group International to create a 8,500m2 hotel within the refurbished Edwardian building at 1-5 Great Scotland Yard in Whitehall.
Lulu Group is owned by Yusuffali Kader, one of India's wealthiest men.
As part of the agreement, Steigenberger Hotel Group has been selected as the hotel operating company creating a bespoke brand to be known as The Great Scotland Yard, which will form part of the portfolio of Signature branded hotels.
The completed hotel will be seven storeys high with two basement levels. It will retain the Edwardian Imperial red brick and stone facade with arched main entrance, ornate pediment and tall windows with feature brick and stone detailing.
After a £50m refurbishment programme, the hotel is scheduled to open in Q1 2017 and will provide employment for up to 250 full time staff. Construction on site is now 30% complete with the interior fit out scheduled to start in March 2016.
For most of the 19th century, 1 Great Scotland Yard was part of the headquarters of the newly founded Metropolitan Police force. In 1910 the current Edwardian building was constructed on the site and served as the British Army Recruitment Office and Royal Military Police headquarters. In 1982 a refurbishment introduced a new atrium and the building later became the Ministry of Defence Library until 2004.