The plans will see a hotel, retail and event space created

Images have been unveiled of Sir David Chipperfield’s designs for the soon-to-be-former US Embassy at 30 Grosvenor Square in London.

Following the US Embassy’s re-location to Nine Elms in Battersea, developer Qatari Diar plan to overhaul the imposing building into a mixed-use scheme comprising a hotel, retail and event space. The project is being delivered in partnership with Grosvenor Estate. It will include 137 guest rooms, five restaurants, six flagship retail units, a spa and a 1,000 person ballroom. 

Qatari Diar chief development officer Jerry Holmes called the proposal “a major opportunity” for the area.

Plans are expected to be submitted to Westminster City Council in May following a public exhibition which will run from the 11th to 16th April at 24 Grosvenor Hill.

Holmes said the company was committed to taking and “in-depth and thorough engagement,” adding it was vitally important for everyone to have a say in the redevelopment.

The eminent architect said the proposals “respect the significant architectural and structural characteristics of Eero Saarinen’s design, with a focus on restoring and enhancing this unique building to secure its long-term future at the heart of Mayfair.”