Qatari Diar breaks ground at former U.S Embassy set to welcome London’s second Rosewood Hotel

Globally renowned developer, Qatari Diar Europe LLP has today broken ground at 30 Grosvenor Square – the former site of the historic U.S Embassy – as it commences construction on London’s second Rosewood hotel in the heart of Mayfair.

The world-class hotel will comprise 137 guest rooms, five restaurants, six flagship retail units, a spa and a ballroom with space for 1,000 guests, at the prestigious and historic location.

Prominent British architect, Sir David Chipperfield, will breathe new life into the Grade II listed building while retaining the unique external facade to reimagine the spirit of its original pioneering architect Eero Saarinen. The new design will delicately showcase the mid-20th century heritage of the building, combining traditional and contemporary craftsmanship through exquisite and refined interiors.

Abdullah Al Attiyah, CEO at Qatari Diar, said:

“Today, as we break ground at 30 Grosvenor Square, marks a momentous occasion for Qatari Diar. The opportunity to transform such an iconic address is something that only happens once in a lifetime and we are extremely proud to be responsible for it. We recognise the history of the building and are dedicated to sensitively redeveloping the former U.S Embassy into a new destination on Grosvenor Square.”

Committed to delivering developments in keeping with their esteemed neighbourhoods, Qatari Diar will work alongside the Grosvenor Estate to improve the public realm surrounding the new Rosewood hotel. In doing so the development will enhance the historical expansive green space of Grosvenor Square.

Radha Arora, President at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts comments:

“Today marks a new milestone in our London journey as we work with Qatari Diar to deliver our second hotel in this vibrant city and further expand our regional presence in Europe. By re-imagining the site of the former U.S. Embassy, a Grade II listed building, we hope to provide a coveted experience within the prestigious neighbourhood of Mayfair that truly embodies Rosewood’s Sense of Place philosophy.

We are excited to open up this historic part of Grosvenor Square once again, for guests and the public to enjoy, creating a welcoming environment that reflects both the historic nature of the building yet also bringing a fresh sensibility to this significant area.”

The ground-breaking at 30 Grosvenor Square follows the relocation of the U.S Embassy to their new home in Nine Elms earlier this year. Anticipated construction completion date of the asset valued at approximately £1 billion has been set for 2023.