Royal Docks yacht hotel upgrade approved despite noise fears



The plan to create the “most environmentally friendly” hotel in the capital has been given the green light despite neighbors’ objections to noise.

Members of the Newham Council’s Strategic Development Committee voted unanimously in favor of Sunborn International Ltd’s program at a meeting on Thursday, February 4.

The plan will create up to 220 rooms in a new 134m long ship brought in to replace the company’s existing yacht hotel which is moored in Royal Victoria Square near the ExCeL London exhibition center.

The designs show a reduced carbon footprint and no discharge to waterways.

Company CEO Hans Niemi said: “This is a very exciting project. She is the most advanced vessel we have built in terms of sustainability goals.

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“It will be the greenest hotel in London, if not the whole of the UK, in many ways.”

The Sunborn London yacht hotel is moored in Royal Victoria Square.
– Credit: Sunborn International

He added that the hotel would increase room capacity in the Royal Docks, where London ExCeL is pursuing its own growth plan.

However, Kay Tobin, speaking on behalf of neighbors living across the street, raised concerns about noise and traffic.

She added that there was no objection to the idea of ​​a hotel, that background noise limits had been exceeded, citing reports from 2013 and 2020 showing levels of 38 and 43 decibels in the area. respectively.

The current vessel has been moored since 2014.

“We never got anywhere near the 38 decibels we had before the Sunborn arrived,” said Ms. Tobin.

She called traffic reports submitted by Sunborn “nonsense,” saying taxis, cars and trucks come and go all day and night.

“They do not adhere to any noise conditions and the proposal they submitted is absurd,” she added.

She recommended mooring the boat at the east end of the ExCeL where there is road access to the quay and the existing hotels are double glazed.

However, the meeting learned that there was no evidence that any enforcement action was taken in response to the noise at the hotel.

Mr Niemi said the site was only meant to receive essential traffic and that the “bulk” was within limits. He added that the new ship is not expected to generate more.

The plans were approved with the addition of CCTV to help monitor noise and traffic.



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