PERSPECTIVE London has gained considerable experience of hotel architecture in historic buildings and locations. We aim to design developments that carefully build on the dynamic and culture of a neighbourhood, not simply preserving a place but allowing it to grow. Two projects we are currently working on demonstrate this contextual approach. TOWER BRIDGE MAGISTRATES COURT, LONDON We are lead architect and interior designer for the conversion and extension of this Grade II listed, John Dixon Butler designed building into a 198 bed luxury boutique style hotel. As well as knitting an appropriately dense scheme into a complex network of neighbouring buildings, our design restores and preserves the listed building retaining a strong sense of the building’s original function, history and heritage. The fine facades at the front and side of the building, and the key spaces within the Court, have been restored. Two new discrete mansard roofs are integrated above the east and west bays of the main facade. Currently housing a very un-neighbourly block of cells, the more utilitarian rear of the site has been regenerated by a new urban form. The extension incorporates neighbourhood amenity with a ground floor corner restaurant and delicatessen. Some of the original holding cells will be restored and reintegrated into the new restaurant areas as private dining rooms. PARADISE STREET, OXFORD Our designs for this new 150 bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of historic Oxford pay careful consideration to the heritage of the surrounding area and is directly informed by its location and industrial past. The staggered building frontages reflect a key urban characteristic of the local area and Oxford as a whole, and maximise views to the nearby St Georges Castle. Alongside the hotel, we are also proposing a number of ground floor uses that would be available for both hotel guests and local residents. Public realm is a key element of our design. Notable features of the proposal include a new central courtyard that will be open to the public, and new community access to the ‘Wareham Walk’ from St Thomas Street.
UNITED KINGDOM NEW PROJECTS ANNOUNCED IN HISTORIC LOCATIONS
July 14, 2021