BT Tower's new American owner gushes Grade II-listed London landmark he bought ... trends now

BT Tower's new American owner gushes Grade II-listed London landmark he bought ... trends now
BT Tower's new American owner gushes Grade II-listed London landmark he bought ... trends now

BT Tower's new American owner gushes Grade II-listed London landmark he bought ... trends now

BT Tower's new American owner says the London landmark he bought for £275million will become 'an iconic hotel' - despite not having planning permission for it. 

MCR Hotels chief executive Tyler Morse this morning laid out his grandiose vision for the communications tower in London's Fitzrovia.

He enthusiastically gushed it would be a 'special product you can take your sweetie to', yet couldn't confirm how many rooms the 581ft tall building would have which has been closed to the public for more than five decades. 

Mr Morse vowed 'it would be accessible to the world' as he poured scorn over claims it would be a luxury hotel for the elite. 

Yet Londoners and Britons will have to wait years before seeing the American's dreams become reality with blueprints for the project not even being drawn up yet. 

BT Tower's new American owner says the London landmark he bought for £275million will become 'an iconic hotel' - despite not having planning permission for it

BT Tower's new American owner says the London landmark he bought for £275million will become 'an iconic hotel' - despite not having planning permission for it

MCR Hotels chief executive Tyler Morse this morning laid out his grandiose vision for the communications tower in London's Fitzrovia and vowed it would be 'accessible' for everyone

MCR Hotels chief executive Tyler Morse this morning laid out his grandiose vision for the communications tower in London's Fitzrovia and vowed it would be 'accessible' for everyone

A so-called listening tour will take place for up to the next two years to rake in views from members of the public.

How many rooms the hotel will have is 'still up in the air' Mr Morse told BBC Radio 4 this morning, but he says they won't cost the 'price to the moon'.

'We want this building to be accessible to everybody to everyone in the United Kingdom to everyone in the world and it's going to be a reasonable price point,' he said. 

'Luxury hotels don't necessarily need to be the thing.' 

The lauded architect behind London's 2012 Olympic cauldron and sculpture B of the Bang in Manchester, Thomas Heatherwick CBE, has been drafted in to work on the design and to help drive down costs.

'It's going to be an iconic hotel with spectacular views, but we don't have planning permission yet to make it a hotel,' Mr Morse said.

'It's going to be a special special product that you're going to take your sweetie to the BT tower and have cocktails, to have drinks, to have an amazing stay... it's going to be a lot of fun.' 

Mr Morse wouldn't reveal costs behind revamping the tower into a hotel although they won't be 'insignificant', he said.

A so-called listening tour for up to the next two years will rake in views from members of the public

A so-called listening tour for up to the next two years will rake in views from members of the public

Philip Gorgio was the supervisor of the Tower's revolving restaurant in 1980, which later closed due to security fears

Philip Gorgio was the supervisor of the Tower's revolving

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