£10 Million Refurbishment at Lancaster London

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    The Lancaster London, one of Europe’s largest banqueting venues, is spending over £10 million on a major refurbishment project to renovate its award-winning banqueting venues and install brand new commercial kitchens. Banqueting Rooms
    An ambitious 10 week refurbishment project will completely transform the Lancaster London’s Nine Kings Suite and Westbourne Suite, which can host receptions for up to 3,000 guests. Overseen by leading hotel designer, Alex Kravetz the project will be completed on 5 September 2011. The refurbishment is being managed by architect, Denis Day of Ashleigh House Developments Ltd, who has worked with the hotel since 1984.

    The Entrance Foyer will be remodelled to showcase stunning feature edge lit mother-of-pearl glass mirror panels from Sans Souci. The glass will be framed by ziricote veneer panels, a striking and rarely used wood species from Central America which has a beautiful dark-wood grain. The unusual veneer has been produced by Alpi, a company which is particularly sensitive to the preservation of raw materials and responsible forest management with low environmental impact. The entrance floor will be replaced with marble slabs, and a bronze liquid metal finish will be applied to the door frames to create a warm and inviting first impression.

    The Pre-function Area will have new bespoke carpets throughout with a dynamic and bold pattern. All the light wood panelling will be removed and replaced with fresh wall coverings from Tektura to brighten the space. Fior di Pesco marble pilasters will frame antique mirror wall panels with decorative wall sconces reflecting the light throughout.

    Bronze entrance doors will lead into the main Nine Kings Ballroom. 18 stunning drop-glass 2m x 2m chandeliers will be retained and refurbished. The rest of the ceiling will be transformed. The dated mirror panels will be stripped and further coffer details will be added to layer the lighting in the vast space. Colour changing elements and dimmable controls have been detailed by Elektra Lighting to create a modern and flexible system for any style of function taking place. Low energy LED lighting will also be installed in the banqueting spaces. The existing Rosso Francia marble pilasters will be framed by additional Fior di Pesco marble columns which will house integral sandblasted backlit glass panel lighting.

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    Daniel Fountain / 14.09.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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