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South Place Hotel
Designer Accommodation off Liverpool Street, London – design by Allies and Morrison
8 Feb 2010
South Place Hotel
Planning consent granted for luxury, designer hotel at South Place, Liverpool Street
Design: Allies and Morrison Architects
Luxury London Hotel Development
Address: 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF
Phone: 020 3503 0000
Hotel class: 5 stars
The London Borough of Islington has granted consent for Frogmore to develop a 72,000 sq ft, 80-bedroom, boutique hotel in EC3, designed by Allies and Morrison. The hotel will be occupied and run by London based restaurant and hotel specialist D&D London.
The hotel will contain 80 luxury bedrooms and suites, private dining and conference facilities, restaurants and bars. These will include a brasserie and bar on the ground floor and a 7th floor rooftop restaurant with an outdoor terrace, overlooking the City skyline.
Located at 3 & 4 South Place, near Liverpool Street station, the consented plan absorbs the site’s irregular geometries and creates a very simple, U shaped building that completes the city block. Echoing the tripartite division of the surrounding buildings, the architects’ design creates a crisp and truncated form. Rising vertically through five and a half storeys, before folding inwards along each of its three elevations, the form also establishes a datum line, again similar to the building’s neighbours.
The facade is conceived as two layers. The inner layer, with its thermal insulation and waterproofing duties, is composed of glass and a dark, warm coloured metal. The interplay between glass and metal within this layer is responsive to the function behind. Free from technical requirements, the reflective metal outer layer is delicate and lively. It acts as a counterpoint to the simplicity of the inner layer and articulates the building’s underlying structure as it traces the lines of the columns, walls and slabs behind in a composition of slender verticals and horizontals.
Vicky Thornton, Allies and Morrison, comments: “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.”
Across the typical room floors, vertical metal fins are ‘folded’ out of the outer layer within each of the repeating room bays, casting deep shadows onto the back layer of metal and glass and distinguishing the steady rhythm of the middle section from the informality of the top and base.
The ground floor plan has been arranged in order to maximize the frontage that is active at street level. The consent allows an 80-person brasserie and bar to be developed along the entirety of the glazed frontage. A widened pavement on Wilson Street will allow the brasserie seating to spill out onto the pavement.
Conran and Partners will design the hotel’s interior for Frogmore and the hotel operator D&D London.
Demolition of the existing buildings on site and construction work on the new hotel is scheduled to start later this year. The hotel is due to open to the public in summer 2012.
South Place Hotel – Building Information
Client: Frogmore Estate Partners L.P.
Architect: Allies and Morrison
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
South Place Hotel image / information received 080210
Location:South Place, London, UK