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London’s famous BT Tower landmark is sold to American company for £275million – and will be turned it into an ‘iconic hotel’


  • The grade-II listed communications tower was sold to US firm MCR Hotels
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London‘s famous BT Tower landmark will be turned into an ‘iconic hotel’ after the sale of the grade-II listed building was agreed at £275m to an American company.

The grade-II listed communications tower, in the Fitzrovia area of central London, was sold to MCR Hotels.

The US hotels chain owns around 150 hotels, including the historic landmark Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Hotel in New York City.

BT Group says that equipment from the tower will be progressively removed from the building, while payment for the sale will be made over multiple years, with final payment being made on completion of the purchase.

The structure, which stands at 177 metres, will be taking on a ‘new purpose’ in the digital age in which the tower’s function has become increasingly redundant.

The grade-II listed building was first opened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1965

The grade-II listed building was first opened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1965

The communications tower has been noted for its unique cylindrical shape, which later featured a 360 degree coloured LED screen near the top of the tower

The communications tower has been noted for its unique cylindrical shape, which later featured a 360 degree coloured LED screen near the top of the tower

The tower was originally commissioned by the General Post Office (GPO) – the historic state telecommunication service which was eventually disbanded in 1969 – and was formerly known as the GPO Tower or the Post Office Tower.

Construction of the tower began in June 196 and was officially opened in 1965 by Labour prime minister Harold Wilson, and remained the tallest structure in London until 1980, when it was overtaken by the NatWest Tower.

The communications tower has been noted for its unique cylindrical shape, which later featured a 360 degree coloured LED screen near the top of the tower, and can be spotted from almost any part of central London. 

The tower, which was designed by the architects  Eric Bedford and G. R. Yeats, was designed to relay the microwave signals from London to other parts of the country.

Brent Mathews, Property Director, BT Group said: ‘The BT Tower sits at the heart of London and we’ve been immensely proud to be the owners of this important landmark since 1984. 

‘It’s played a vital role in carrying the nation’s calls, messages and TV signals, but increasingly we’re delivering content and communication via other means. 

‘This deal with MCR will enable BT Tower to take on a new purpose, preserving this iconic building for decades to come.’

Tyler Morse, CEO and owner of MCR Hotels, said: ‘We are proud to preserve this beloved building and will work to develop proposals to tell its story as an iconic hotel, opening its doors for generations to enjoy.’



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