’We will be looking in the UK as well as internationally for a designer, and a team is being put together over the next week to manage their appointment,’ says a spokeswoman for Shangri-La.
The 200-room Shangri-La London will occupy floors 34 to 52 of the 70-storey tower, by architect Renzo Piano. A dedicated groundfloor entrance will take guests up to a double-height lobby, from which they will access rooms. The deluxe guestrooms will be among the largest in London, claims Shangri-La, with average floorspaces of 42m2. Five suites, two speciality suites and a presidential suite will have glass-enclosed ’winter garden’ balconies.
Once open in 2012, this will be the Asia Pacific-based hotel group’s first UK presence.