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Iconic London landmark plans mezzanine floor

Posted by Mark
August 29, 2012 in Property Development

An icon of the London entertainment world, the Trocadero, is to undergo yet another transformation with plans recently approved by Westminster Council for an internal refurbishment of the premises, including living accommodation on a  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level.

The Trocadero Restaurant opened in 1896 as part of the J. Lyons and Co. empire, in a location convenient for the West End theatres. The ‘concert tea’ introduced during World War I gave Londoners an opportunity to escape from reality, as they could have tea in the Empire Hall while enjoying a full concert programme.

Entertainment was a feature of the Grill Room until the restaurant closed in 1965, being reopened in 1984 as a tourist attraction with cinemas and shops. Since then it has been put to a number of uses, including the first 3D IMAX cinema in the UK, Segaworld, Funworld and as an exhibition space.

The premises were sold in 2005 and plans drawn up for yet another revamp. Most importantly, the historic Baroque façade must be kept intact while maximum use is gained from the internal space.

The proposed makeover plans a ‘pod’ hotel over seven floors of 583 rooms of between nine and 17 square metres, many without windows, and eight residential flats. The pod hotel is a Japanese concept, designed to maximise all available space by offering very basic accommodation at the lowest price. The one, two and three bedroom flats will be constructed on the first floor and a new mezzanine flooring level.

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