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Allies and Morrison wins green light for boutique hotel

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Islington Council has approved this 6,700m², 80-bedroom boutique in South Place near London’s Liverpool Street station

Designed in collaboration with interior experts Conran and Partners, the seven-storey scheme is backed by developer Frogmore and will be run by restaurant and hotel specialist D&D London.

As well as the ‘luxury’ rooms, the project includes an 80-seat brasserie, conference facilities, bars and a rooftop restaurant.

According to Allies and Morrison, the facade has been conceived as two separate layers with an inner layer made from glass and a ‘dark, warm-coloured metal’ sat behind a ‘delicate and lively’ outer layer.

Vicky Thornton of Allies and Morrison, said: ‘We have designed the facades to strengthen and elaborate the building’s basic composition and to respond to its immediate context. We hope the hotel will, as a result, be not only a sustainable addition to the neighbourhood but also improve the unity of the streetscape.’

Demolition of the existing buildings on the plot and construction of the new hotel is scheduled to start later this year. The hotel is due to open to the in summer 2012.

Allies and Morrison's boutique hotel in South Place, Islington

Allies and Morrison’s boutique hotel in South Place, Islington

Project Data  

Architect: Allies and Morrison
Client: Frogmore Estate Partners
Area: 6,700m²
Interior Designer: Conran and Partners
Project Manager: Gardiner and Theobald
Planning Consultant: Gerald Eve
Right of Light Surveyor: Gordon Ingram Associates
Structural Engineer: Waterman Structures                       
M & E Engineer: Hoare Lea                              
Transport Consultants: Capita Symonds
Contract duration: 20 months
Anticipated start: Summer 2010.


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  • "We hope the hotel will, as a result, be not only a sustainable addition to the neighbourhood but also improve the unity of the streetscape" - what nonsense! There is a handsome, well built late Victorian/Edwardian commercial building on this site with a fine copper dome which is a local landmark. What on earth is sustainable about knocking down a perfectly sound and much more attractive building which makes a very positive contribution to the streetscape already and replacing it with a tin box that is so achingly dull?

    We are constantly being told by Councils, quite rightly, to Re-use and Recycle at home yet local authorities are still allowing decent historic buildings to be trashed and replaced by tat. Why?

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