Hotel MD speaks about plans for Greenwich Market

By Louisa Emery on April 26, 2011 11:03 AM |

aa-may6-greenwich1.JPGThe managing director of the hotel chain at the centre of the controversial Greenwich market redevelopment is promising a peaceful retreat in keeping with the area's maritime past.

Robin Sheppard of Bespoke Hotels spoke about the project to boutiquehotels.co.uk.

He said: "The planning application has been a difficult time. It is very important for us that we work with the traders and the people of Greenwich. Visitors can expect themes linked to history and seafaring."

Bespoke hotels has properties in the UK, Caribbean and Thailand and their luxury portfolio includes The Bermondsey Square Hotel.

Mr Sheppard said: "Our guests will be able to look down on the market, but the roof will act as an extra sound buffer. The entrance will lead to the market place, so that the hotel will become an integral part of the area."

"Greenwich is such a beautiful place, there is so much history but as far as I can see it does not have much nightlife."

The plans for the market overhaul were given the go-ahead in January this year despite Greenwich council's rejection of the proposal.

It has been suggested The Admiral Hardy pub on the edge of the market will be demolished to make way for the new hotel.

The hotel is set to open in 2015.