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‘Aparthotel’ could spell the end for Romford’s Voodoo

PUBLISHED: 11:53 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:14 10 February 2015

The old Voodoo venue. Picture: Google Maps

The old Voodoo venue. Picture: Google Maps

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A state of the art “aparthotel” could be on its way to Romford town centre to replace an old nightclub building.

Plans have been submitted to convert and extend the old Voodoo nightclub on the corner of South Street and Eastern Road and build a 54-room apartment hotel.

The apartments would be available to rent on a night-by-night basis, similar to a hotel.

Developers Semilarhus Development Ltd said it would “help contribute to the evening economy in the local area” and generate significant economic and employment opportunities”.

The art-deco style building was built in 1937 as a gas company showroom and although not listed, is considered a heritage asset.

Semilarhus said the project, which includes a roof extension and a second-floor being built, would be “sympathetically designed so as not to harm the heritage asset.”

Havering Council will make a decision on the application by April 29.


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