London Syon Park Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Hilton Building, English Accommodation
London Syon Park Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Middlesex Accommodation, England, UK – design by Ettwein Bridges Architects
9 Jun 2011
London Syon Park Waldorf Astoria Hotel
BENNETTS ASSOCIATES COMPLETES NEW HOTEL IN THE CITY OF LONDON
Design: Ettwein Bridges Architects
LONDON SYON PARK WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL
A new hotel on an important heritage site in London
Renamed: Hilton London Syon Park
London Syon Park, Middlesex, London TW8 8JF, United Kingdom
Phone: (0) 207 870 7777
Over the last decade, the 9th Duke of Northumberland made a commitment to improve the large family Estate bordering the Thames at Syon Park in West London. With the support of various heritage bodies, a new-build hotel has been completed for the Hilton Group as a five-star Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
The new 134 bedroom hotel will generate funding for future maintenance and improvements to Syon House and the surrounding 82 hectare estate. The hotel site is within the historic Grade I Listed Parkland, much of which was laid out by Lancelot (Capability) Brown in the 1750s. The centrepiece of the Estate is Syon House itself, renowned for the Robert Adam interiors, completed in 1764, and one of the most important Great Houses of England.
The design and layout of the new building breaks with conventional of hotel design. It responds to the scale, materiality, character and orientation of the nearby historic ancillary buildings in a dignified contemporary statement, without attempting to compete with Syon House, or with Charles Fowler’s adjacent 1830 Great Conservatory. By reducing down the hotel into separated elements, a low but varied skyline profile has been achieved which never intrudes into the parkland beyond.
The building has six connected linear wings, each with a pitched roof and high open gables. One of these creates a prominent portico entrance to the double-height reception lounge. The tallest wing contains a spa, pool and conference rooms, including a banqueting/conference hall seating up to 500 people. Parkland greenery permeates into and around the hotel, offering a variety of more intimate external spaces, divided by linear pools as a reminder of the nearby river and lakes. The ‘executive’ guest wing is connected to the hotel by a two-storey glazed bridge link across the gardens.
The palette of exterior building materials, finishes and colour is restrained and controlled throughout and gives little clue to the exuberance of the luxurious interiors awaiting arriving guests.
The project included the restoration of parts of the historic landscape and structures as well as extensive tree planting within the Estate.
London Syon Park Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Building Information
Architects: Ettwein Bridges Architects, London
Interiors: Camillin Denny, London, and Gorgeous Group, London
Developer: The Ability Group, London
Main Contractor: Bowen Construction Plc, London
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Ettwein Bridges Architects
Ettwein Bridges is a long established architectural practice in London. The office has established a strong reputation for successfully addressing complex design and planning challenges. Much of their work is in design of new buildings in historic settings, and often in conjunction with the restoration and adaptation of listed buildings.
Rather than imposing a particular house style, the designers always aim to find pragmatic and rational architectural solutions, often rooted within the historic setting of the site.
Recent completed projects include extensive work at the Ritz Hotel London, the Mayfair Hotel London, the Pavilion at Lords Cricket Ground, Hawkstone Park, the Radisson Edwardian Hotel at Heathrow, and alterations and refurbishment to Les Ambassadeurs, 50 London, Crockfords and other Casino Clubs. The office also designed additions within the Palace of Westminster and at the Law Society in London.
Recent awards include RIBA London Region Award and the Westminster’s Society Award.
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