On Tuesday 26 May 2020 Westminster City Council granted planning permission for 55 Broadway to be transformed into a luxury hotel, under the ownership of Blue Orchid Hotels, part of the Integrity International Group. Blue Orchid had presented detailed heritage-led proposals to restore and change the use of the Grade I listed 55 Broadway Complex, which includes 55 Broadway, 100 Petty France and Wing Over Station, to a new hotel.
Tony Matharu, London entrepreneur and hotel-owner says, ‘I am delighted that we are able to move forward with our well-prepared plans for this unique location. Having worked closely with TfL and a number of other stakeholders, I feel we have a shared vision for the future of this complex. As guardian of the heritage and historical value throughout the buildings I feel privileged to be leading this exciting project. To breathe new life into the space, create new value and to welcome everyone to enjoy this special property will be very rewarding’.
Integrity International Group’s professional team have worked closely with officers and Historic England to develop proposals which seek to celebrate the building’s rich history by sensitively restoring its unique features and opening up this iconic landmark for the first time through its imaginative repurposing.
55 Broadway was designed by the renowned architect Charles Holden, and built in 1929 in an art-deco, early-modernist style as the headquarters of the Underground Electric Railways of London Ltd. Upon opening, it was greeted by the architectural community as a success. The Observer dubbed it ‘the Cathedral of Modernity’ and described it as ‘the most notable building of our time’. The new building served as both offices and as a symbol for the Underground Electric Railways of London, which was subsequently taken into public ownership and became London Transport in 1933.
Due to the exceptional architectural interest of the building and its position as a milestone in 20th Century design, including its status as London’s ‘first skyscraper’, the building received Grade I listed status in 2011 (upgraded from Grade II listing from 1970).
The building is no longer fit for many modern office occupiers and is in need of significant investment. As a result, Transport for London sold the 55 Broadway Complex in Summer 2019 and vacated the building earlier this year. The successful bidders were selected by Transport for London as part of an extensive diligence process and the new owner with his outstanding credentials and reputation, continues to illustrate his commitment as custodian of a major asset.
The full plans are available online.
On Friday 28th February, newcomer Integrity International Group (IIG) landed straight on the podium at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards, beating global companies including British Airways, Samsung and Toyota. IIG made their mark being officially named the top medium-sized hospitality company for the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Scheme.
The award, powered by RATEMYPLACEMENT was solely based on the reviews submitted on the platform by students who have completed placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights within the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
Students commented on how valued they felt during their employment, the level of support they received and responsibility they were trusted with and the organisation’s overall offering, conduct of management teams and company values.
Students notably commented on Integrity International Group’s opportunities for professional growth, continuous training, positive learning environment and personal development opportunities. Many went on to commend Integrity International Group for its diversity, professionalism and family-orientated team supporting fellow colleagues professionally and personally.
Integrity International Group offers its students professional and certified training programmes, activities to boost creativity, the opportunity to attend educational workshops or talks delivered by industry professionals, weekly company emails sharing the best industry knowledge, as well as cross-department internal training from technology to sales and marketing.
Recognising the importance of and ensuring individuals’ tapestry of life is richer from cultural activities and experiences outside of the work place, the students also commented on the company’s CSR, volunteering and community engagement opportunities which all employees are encouraged to participate in.
One student commented: “I could not have expected a better placement experience. From day one I felt welcomed and supported throughout. I not only learnt about marketing but about the industry as a whole, they helped me step out of my comfort zone and pushed me to develop my skills and reach my potential. I overcame some fears and could not be more grateful for this experience.”
Integrity International Group’s student placement programme involves immediate responsibility, hands-on experience combined with on the job cross-training and development in functional areas, rewarding drive and determination. The placement offered an above London Living Wage and a central London location perfectly connected with public transport links, surrounded by myriad of restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities, together with world-renowned historic sites and vibrant nightlife.
Teddy Conjamalay, Chief People Officer commented: “Our placement programme offers students an opportunity to put all of their classroom learning into practice whilst gaining new and valuable skills and on the job practical experience. We support our students to gain knowledge, experience, understanding of a multi-faceted industry and the ability to build confidence in a productive environment.
We are extremely proud to have students on their placement year who take great pride in being part of Integrity International Group, where they are able to develop, both professionally and personally.”
Several of IIG’s student placements have successfully gained full-time employment with Integrity International Group themselves, with others commenting:
“I have been imparted with certain life skills that…would help me tremendously while pursuing my future studies and in my personal life.”
‘I received valuable first-hand experience that I can now use in finalising my degree in Tourism Management and entering the world as an experienced career seeker.’
Integrity International Group is delighted to win this prestigious award, holding a shared sense of achievement with their associated students and looks forward to welcoming further students who they believe play an integral role in delivering the company’s ambition to be the top company in the UK for undergraduates.
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About the National Undergraduate Employability Awards
Brought to you by RateMyPlacement.co.uk, the National Undergraduate Employability Awards reward and celebrate the outstanding achievements of employers, students and universities in undergraduate work experience across the UK.
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Integrity International Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of the landmark 55 Broadway site, the original home of London Underground.
Tony Matharu, founder and Chairman of Integrity International Group said “the purchase of 55 Broadway is a very important step for all involved and reflects our ambition to invest in and breathe new life into impressive London properties. We intend to collaborate with TfL and others to ensure that this landmark building has an exciting future in the heart of London.”
Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at Transport for London (TfL) said: “We are delighted to have completed a deal with Integrity International Group for the office buildings complex at 55 Broadway. The opportunity for a long single leasehold was offered through the open market to deliver best value for money. It forms part of our long-term estate management strategy to reduce our office accommodation costs and generate vital revenue to support upgrading critical transport infrastructure and our housing development programme.
“55 Broadway has played an important role in the development of London, and we are confident that this is recognised by Integrity International Group, who will invest in this historic building and breathe new life into it.”
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Integrity International Group was founded by Tony Matharu who has a long track record over many decades of investment in key London real estate and building successful businesses – providing opportunities and employment across the capital.
His strong and well established links with key London associations such as the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Historic England means that he has been at the centre of many large scale developments and understands all the intricacies of transforming heritage buildings into modern and contemporary spaces. His involvement in a wide variety of London events and organisations from the 2012 London Olympics to the Lord Mayors Parade, as well as being the chairman and board member of various organisations and charities, means he is fully engaged with London life on all levels – business, culture, sports and community.
His full profile is available on request.