Mercure Hotels appointed Clare Devlin, Associate designLSM to transform a former police training centre located in central Greenwich into a contemporary 4-star boutique hotel. Work started on the art deco building in September 2011 with the client requesting a classic and timeless design. Inspiration was sought from visiting iconic London restaurants with grand European interiors. This modern hotel will offer affordable luxury over ten floors with 145 spacious bedrooms, a stylish basement restaurant and ground floor bar.
Original Terrazzo floors have been carefully restored, timber panelling has been incorporated and elegant chandeliers installed. The colour palette is a simple black, grey, white and cream affair with fabric wall panels. Many of the bedrooms contain a large aerial photograph taken by London based artist Adam Ellis – these represent celebrated areas within the City. Additional reference to Greenwich is made with a glazed screen containing local, historic facts.
A commissioned, spiral staircase has been installed on the ground floor to lead down into the basement providing natural light and design feature within the lounge and restaurant. Other structural changes to the building were made by Assael Architecture who added two top floors made from glass. These additional levels will accommodate luxury bedrooms and the penthouse suite – providing stunning panoramic views across London.