Purcell was appointed Architect and Lead Design Consultant forthe multi-million-pound renovation and refurbishment of theinternationally-renowned luxury hotel, Mandarin Oriental at Hyde Park, London. Today,the hotel reopens its guest rooms and suites to guests.
The completion of the Mandarin Hotel’s refurbishment embraces all 181 unique guest rooms, reception, function rooms, food and beverage areas including restaurants Bar Boulud and Dinner, and the spa. The hotel has gained an extra floor to the Hyde Park Wing, with two stunning suites being built on the roof with impressive views over Hyde Park. Additionally, the exterior fabric was refurbished and repaired.
A requirement of the refurbishment process was that the hotel remained open and operational. This practical and necessary condition imposed the challenge of facilitating both its installation to a high standard of quality and finish whilst maintaining the ambience and service expected of guests during the works.
Practical and coordinated design solutions were established to ensure that the implementation on site was as swift and cost-effective as possible, delivering efficient and lasting solutions. A holistic design approach was taken to ensure the highest standards of quality and finish for the luxury London hotel.
All existing windows were replaced to provide solar thermal acoustic glazing and the exterior fabric was refurbished and repaired. This, in addition to extensive façade cleaning, repairs and alterations to external lighting, has made a dramatic improvement to the hotel’s aesthetic from both the Knightsbridge and Hyde Park frontages.
The rooftop plant and large satellite dishes were renewed and repositioned to make way for two new-build contemporary Presidential Suites overlooking Hyde Park. The creation of the penthouse suites within an extra floor to the hotel increases the hotel’s impressive offering of luxury accommodation. The suites comprise luxury bedrooms and bathrooms with lounge and dining spaces all opening onto private terraces and serviced by their own kitchens. The two suites can be opened up as one Grand Suite with panoramic views over London.