A redundant 1940s Police Section House, formerly known as Maurice Drummond House, has been transformed into a luxury 4-star boutique hotel. The building sits on the gateway to the Ashburnham Triangle Conservation Area in Greenwich, to the east of the city. The building now provides 145 rooms, gym facilities a restaurant and bars.
A new mezzanine floor was installed within the double height ground floor space using a steel structure hung from the existing reinforced concrete portal frames. This provided an additional floor of bedroom accommodation. The existing column lines were maintained for the steel framed two storey roof-top extension. We undertook extensive investigative works into the existing structure and it’s foundations to verify its ability to sustain the loading from the additional three storeys.
The external brick shell of the original building along with it’s architectural features has been retained and a two-storey glass extension added at roof level. The new hotel, which is operated by chain Mercure Hotels, has been finished to the highest standard and opened it’s doors in early 2013.
Client: Perequin Limited
Architects: Assael Architecture
Structural Engineer: Ellis and Moore
Contractor: Rees Mellish