Hilton London Bankside has marked the completion of structural building work with a topping out ceremony in Southwark. The hotel has been under construction since May 2013 and is due to be completed in summer 2015.
Hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates’ design for Bankside sits inside strict height constraints in response to existing and proposed neighbouring buildings. Conceived as two adjoining forms, one low and one tall, the hotel echoes the urban character at the junction of Farnham Place and Great Suffolk Street. Bankside’s layered brick, metal and glass façade is designed to create a contemporary insertion into the building typology of the locale whilst retaining a common material language with the area.
In addition to 292 luxury bedrooms & suites, the hotel will offer a leisure club & pool, conference facility and a 750 person ballroom, as well as the introduction of a coffee shop to enliven the street frontage. The architectural aesthetic is echoed in the hotel’s interiors with an industrial inspired concept featuring exposed surfaces and layered luxury fabrics with rich textures to give an overall feel that is contemporary yet timeless.
The development of Hilton London Bankside is part of a boom in hotel construction seen in London during the last 18 months, a trend that is set to continue with the city becoming one of the world’s leading hotel markets over the next few years.