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Premier Inn for Archway?

Whitbread, owners of Premier Inn, are organising a public consultation on plans to convert the office block behind McDonalds into a Premier Inn hotel.

 The consultation will take place in the building itself – Hamlyn House – Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 5pm to 9pm.

 This application offers opportunities to improve the public domain and increase the workability of the centre of Archway, so getting plenty of people to come along will help push for changes which strengthen Archway as a whole. As well as your comments on the planned appearance of the building, key ideas you could mention are:

 1.       The core site needs a pathway from leisure centre to tube station which will mean knocking down the lower level of the other blue and white building (in the same ownership as this one). That much needed change will (finally) make the site work. It will also, incidentally, increase value for the owner, who with the new stream of pedestrians will be able to install successful shops along that pathway.

 2.       The bridge next to the library was shown in a Cambridge wind study to be a key problem, exacerbating wind blight a bit like the hole in a whistle. When they create the walkway (see above), they can get rid of the bridge. That would enormously reduce wind turbulence.  

 3.       A hotel needs a bar and the top floor of Hamlyn House has great views so it should go up there. That would really bring the visitors.

 4.       Archway lacks anywhere for public events like weddings, or Golden wedding parties. Next to the bar they should put that sort of space.

 5.       The building has an original 1950s entrance hall (off the Macdonald Road entrance) that would usefully be kept as part of the refurbishment.

 They will of course make much mention of sustainability, but this is likely to be at the level followed by everyone nowadays.


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Dion W
Great - would be good if that building could finally be put to good use. If there were a bar on the top floor, I'd check it out! Views should be spectacular from up there
These sound like promising ideas, especially the bar at the top! I can't go to the consultation meeting but do you know if there's an email address I can send my thoughts to instead?
Pamela V
Great liven up the Archway.
Sylvia L
I think its a great idea - Archway certainly needs livening up and it would be great to have the space used for all kinds of things. Bring it on!
Daniel G
Please do come along to the public exhibition in Hamlyn House tomorrow and Wednesday between 5pm and 9pm. It would be great to see as many people as possible.

If you have any questions, comments or thoughts please feel free to email as Dorothy has noted above.
Harry D
Hi there,

I am extremely unlikely to be able to make it to any public consultation meeting or anything like that, but i am massively pro this and would love to see Archway redeveloped.  Can I register a vote in favour, or something similar?  Even though I have two toddlers (aged 1 and 3), and so my barfly days are more or less over, I think it would be great to have a bar at the top of Hamlyn House.   My only plea would be for there to be something family friendly as well - probably an eatery of some sort.   My only other comment would be a single word:  Parking.  I know planners always take this into consideration but it's pretty awful in Archway at the moment (trying to park for my wife's per-natal appointments at the Whittington, for example, was always a nightmare) so I'd like to see a decent effort made to address the problem.   By the way - I tried emailing the address given above but received a bounceback.

So yes - a big thunmbs up, and please let us know if there is any other way of registering support.


Harry (Tufnell Park resident) 
Daniel G
Thanks for the message Harry.

The email address should work and will come through to me. I am part of the Premier Inn team helping organise the consultation. I have the email address again and it did work, so perhaps you could try it again I will register any comments you have and send you information if that would be helpful.


Harry D
hi Daniel,

I've just re-sent my email, but it says more or less the same thing anyway!

Good luck with the consultation etc.

Dorothy B
There's still time to go and see this tonight.
I went yesterday. No chance of a top floor bar, unfortunately but it would be great to see this building being used and bringing some jobs to the area. I did suggest that they look at the vegetable-growing beds in the car park at Hampstead that were started by Transition Belsize Park.

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