Malmaison checks in at Smithfields site

Upmarket hotel chain Malmaison has been given the final go-ahead for its first London hotel, scheduled to open in Charterhouse Square in east London’s Smithfields in autumn 2002.

The news comes as the group unveils the £5.5m extension at its Manchester hotel, designed by Jestico & Whiles and Manchester architect Leach Rhodes Walker, this week.

AJC Designs and architect RHWL are designing the London hotel, details of which are still under wraps. The design will differ from Malmaison’s sister hotels in Edinburgh and Birmingham, says a Malmaison spokeswoman.

“We use different designers to add some impetus and keep things fresh,” she adds. “All our hotels are distinct.”

The expansion has created 55 additional bedrooms, four meeting rooms, enhanced spa facilities and a redesigned reception, bar and brasserie.

Jestico & Whiles has introduced a new look and feel to the bar and brasserie areas, contrasting taupe and mushroom colourways with primary colours. The upper area of the brasserie opens on to the canal and incorporates lilac and violet furniture and darkwood floors.

Extensive use of glass reveals panoramic views through to the brasserie and subtle lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere, says Malmaison Manchester general manager Philip Mahoney.

Jestico & Whiles is also undertaking design work in Edinburgh and Birmingham.

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