Hilton Hotel London, Tower Bridge, Image, Location, City, Architect, Photo
Hilton Hotel London : Architecture
SE1 Accommodation, south east England, UK – design by Jestico + Whiles
7 Dec 2006
Hilton London Tower Bridge
Design: Jestico + Whiles Architects
Address: Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY
Contact Hilton London Tower Bridge: 020 3002 4300
HOTEL, MORE LONDON
J+W were appointed in October 2003 by More London following a competitive interview. We had been referred to More London by Hilton as a preferred designer, following from work at Hilton Canary wharf.
Combined appointments are very rare (unique) in hotel design in UK.
J+W appointed under combined appointment as architects and interior designers including FFE specification.
J+W also lead consultant and Contract Administrator.
Very fast track project. Less than three years from commencement of design to opening of hotel.
Incorporates several so-called modern methods of construction: Unitised cladding, bathroom pods, pre-finished, pre-cast “twin wall” structural party walls.
Frame: Bottom three floors (public areas with longer spans) are a rigid “sway frame” of in situ concrete. The upper bedroom levels are of egg crate form on a 4.200m module, made of twin wall pre-cast walls and stiffening cores at north, south and central cores.
Cicular columns to lower levels self-finished, cast in polythene sheaths inside cardboard.
Cladding: Unitised panels 1400w x 3000h. Pre-finished including windows, insulation, vapour barriers, finish in factory in Austria. Panels are clad in raw (ie not pre-patinated/ oxidised) and extruded terracotta.
Bathroom pods: Concrete shell, pre-finished, installed by structural contractor.
Hilton London Tower Bridge – Building Information
CLIENT: More London Development
Architect and lead consultant: Jestico + Whiles
Interior Designer: Jestico + Whiles
FFE specification: Jestico + Whiles
Quantity Surveyor: E C Harris
Mechanical and electrical engineer: Roger Preston Partnership
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Services Cost Consultant: Mott Green Wall
Fire Engineering: Roger Preston Partnership
Lighting: Design Partnership Lighting Design
Planning Consultant: DP9
Oct 2003: Jestico + Whiles appointed
Mar 2004: Planning Application
Oct 2004: Planning consent granted
5 Oct 2004: Start on site
18 Sep 2006: Practical Completion
25 Oct 2006: Hotel opened
Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
Contract period: 23 months
Contact value: £34m
Contract: JCT Standard Form with amendments
Selected sub-contractors: Cladding: GIG Fassadenbau
Concrete: John Doyle
Partitions and ceilings: BDL
Joinery: Ruddy Joinery
Roofs: Briggs Roofing and Cladding Ltd
Bathroom pods: Rasselstein
Hard Floor Finishes: Harper and Edwards
Back of House Joinery: M2 Construction
More London is one of the biggest development sites in central London since the war, stretching from Potter’s Fields adjacent to Tower Bridge and Hays Galleria and from the Thames to Tooley St.
Masterplan is by Foster Associates, initiated by Ken Shuttleworth prior to his departure to form Make.
The masterplan design is based around a strong visual axis, or “diagonal” from the entrance to the site from Tooley St, to the White Tower of Tower Bridge. This axis is marked by a stream or rill of running water carved into the limestone carpet.
The buildings on the site are predominantly commercial offices for blue chip clients including Ernst and Young and the solicitors Norton Rose and Lawrence Graham, all attracted south of the river from the city by the high quality of the development. All buildings are designed bespoke to the tenants requirements, no pre-lets.
Other buildings include the Unicorn children’s theatre and the GLA. Café’s and restaurants occupy the ground floor onto the “diagonal.”
The entire masterplan site is vehicle free, with servicing from basement level -2, accessed via an underground tunnel. The masterplan is landscaped with a carpet of dark grey Irish limestone with water baths and fountains. A major feature is the Scoop, an elliptical outdoor terraced theatre. Heights of all buildings are limited by strategic views to the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Hilton London Tower Bridge images / information from Jestico + Whiles Architects 7 Dec 2006
Hilton London Hotel architects – Jestico + Whiles
Location:5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY