Design to Planning in four months

Design to planning in four months: Hotel specialist architects Dexter Moren Associates have secured planning consent from London Borough of Newham on behalf of the developer, FORTUS for a 204 bedroom Express by Holiday Inn at Royal Docks.

The Royal Docks area is currently undergoing extensive regeneration initiated by an LDA led masterplan for The Royals Business Park. Located within a dedicated strip of three hotel developments along Dockside Road near the Excel Centre and London City Airport, the 0.5Ha site also fronts Royal Albert Way and enjoys views of the Royal Albert Dock.

Planned over four storeys the hotel has been designed as two buildings linked with a feature glazed bridge along the southern elevation. The facade is a strict composition of two materials; a brickwork grid with regular, deep-set reveals framing stone cladding panels and bedroom window apertures, whose alternating positions create a dynamic within the tactful structure.

The ground floor has been designed to create a lively street scene with reception and lounge facing Dockside Road and the bar and restaurant onto Compressor House Square to the east, both with openable glass facades allowing activity to spill onto an outdoor terrace.

Nik Mitens, Associate at Dexter Moren explains: “Our aspiration was to create a strong architectural expression for this site through a simple and elegant design. We worked closely with the planning team at London Borough of Newham and London Development Agency to secure planning consent in just over four months.”

James Garrett of FORTUS says “We have the experience in the London hotel sector which enables us to work efficiently on such development opportunities.  We regard Dexter Moren Associates as an integral part of our team.”

The project is expected to start on site in 2012.