Hotel work builds up in London

London consultancy RPW Architects and Designers is to create interiors for two hotels at the former County Hall complex on London’s South Bank.

The luxury 200-room four-star Marriott Hotel and the 318-room Travel Inn will both open in 1998. Architect Renton Howard Wood Levin is masterminding architectural restoration for both projects.

The Marriott will include a restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge overlooking the Thames, along with conference and retail facilities and meeting rooms. The Travel Inn will be “more basic”, according to a spokeswoman for the developer, Whitbread Hotel Company, which may also take space in County Hall for pub and restaurant concepts.

Meanwhile, Foster & Partners is to transform half of the Treasury building in London’s Whitehall into what will aim to be the most luxurious hotel in London. It is not yet clear how interiors work will be commissioned.

Chris Chanin, London principal of European group Studio Acht, is converting an old Shepherd’s Bush office block into a four-star hotel. This is Chanin’s second job for London Hotels (DW 14 April 1995) and he expects to also design the hotel’s identity.

And London’s Britannia Hotel may need rebranding as it has just been purchased by hotel group Millennium & Copthorne for 81m. “The word millennium may be incorporated into the title,” says a spokeswoman.

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