Nine Elms Hotel – Planning permission for the development of a new hotel complex in the heart of London has been secured.

Plans to deliver a 600-room hotel in Nine Elms were recently approved by Wandsworth Council. Nine Elms is envisaged to become an internationally renowned business district and new centre for arts and culture in London, and the hotel will be an important part of that.

The development is expected to generate a range of economic benefits, including the provision of 350 direct jobs and the contribution of over £16m in GVA per year to the local economy. Visitors who stay at the hotel are also expected to annually spend up to £12m in the Wandsworth area, benefitting local businesses.

A complementary community café will also provide opportunities for local residents to gain experience and pre-apprenticeship skills in the hospitality and tourism sector.

Volterra, on behalf of Dominvs Group, prepared an economic statement that formed part of the planning submission. The document explained how despite the recent slowdown due to COVID-19, there is growing demand for hotel and conference facilities in London. Our work helped demonstrate how the hotel would support social benefits and contribute to the diversity of Nine Elms.

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Alex O’Byrne, Associate at Volterra, is an experienced economic consultant specialising in economic, health and social impact, economic strategy, project appraisal and socio-economic planning matters.

Alex has led the socio-economic and health assessments of some of the most high profile developments across the UK, including Battersea Power Station, Olympia London, London Resort, MSG Sphere and Westfield. He has significant experience inputting to EIAs and s106 discussions as well as drafting economic statements, employment and skills strategies and affordable workspace strategies.

Alex is also experienced at economic appraisal for infrastructure. He was project manager of the economic appraisal for the City Centre to Mangere Light Rail in Auckland. He also led the economic and financial appraisals of the third tranche of the Transport Access Program for Transport for New South Wales, in which Alex developed and employed innovative methodological approaches to better capture benefits for individuals with reduced mobility.

He is interested in the limitations of current appraisal methodologies and ways of improving economic and health analysis to ensure it is accessible to as many people as possible. To this end, Alex recognises the importance of transparent and simple to understand analysis and ensuring all work is supported by a robust narrative.

Alex holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester and he was a member of the first cohort of the Mayor’s Infrastructure Young Professionals Panel.


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Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.