New skybar completes Dorsett City London hotel

With stunning views of some of London’s most iconic buildings, the Jin Bo Law Skybar opened on 6 April at Dorsett City London in Aldgate.

Having won planning permission for the stunning 14th floor roof extension in 2017, we were delighted to see the Jin Bo Law skybar complete Dorsett Hospitality International’s c.£36 million, new build four star hotel.

DMA delivered Dorsett City London, sited beside the Grade 1 listed church of St Botolph without Aldgate, in July 2017, making it Dorsett Hospitality International’s second hotel in the UK, following on from the highly successful Dorsett Shepherds Bush.

Using the original McBains Cooper design, DMA replanned the hotel’s interior layout obtaining a Section 73 consent in 2016. We went on to achieve planning permission for the spectacular roof bar extension whilst delivering the hotel on site. The scheme retained guest facilities including fitness suite, executive lounge and meeting rooms, and reduced the number of keys from 275 to 267. A second restaurant was added along with the dazzling roof top Jin Bo Law skybar. which offers an intriguing selection of Asian inspired cocktails along with the amazing views across the city.

Using our understanding of hotel servicing and management, our architects helped realise the outstanding front-of-house service required in a hotel of Dorsett City’s quality and size. The plan implemented workable and well-designed back-of-house solutions, such as relocating the refuse store from the basement to ground level, introducing a full building height service lift, considering administration and staff areas and helping coordinate staff circulation. The DMA team also considered public access and relocated all front-of-house services between the ground and first floors for ease of access and servicing.

DMA associate Paul Wells sums up: “Despite being a challenging build, the end result is a stylish contemporary hotel that works as smoothly behind the scenes as it performs seamlessly for the clients who enjoy its amenities.”

Renzo Cheung, Dorsett Hospitality International: ‘We sought Dexter Moren Associates for our Dorsett City London because of their experience and expertise in the hospitality sector. The result of their practical mastery of back and front of house has delivered an elegant and practical new addition to the Dorsett Hospitality International’s portfolio.”

The 13-storey, 267 key Dorsett City London, Aldgate boasts contemporary architecture and design, alongside two restaurants, 24 hour gym, four meeting rooms and a newly opened destination rooftop terrace bar with a panoramic view of London’s most iconic skyline.