The ground floor and basement refurbishment project for the DoubleTree by Hilton London West End, was a continuation and completion of the phase 1 works and part of the overall major hotel refurbishment plan.
Morrison Design created the brief for this job by pitching the project idea to the client for the conversion of the ground floor and basement meeting rooms to gain and additional 21 guest bedrooms. At Morrison Design, we believe that being visionary is vital for space creation in existing hotel buildings, and along with the ability to think three dimensionally and see space when it’s invisible, it definitely plays a big part in getting disproportionate value out of stubborn properties.
Our experience in hotel work over almost 70 years enables us to see things that other can’t, and this is proven throughout our hotel design portfolio.
Natural Light in Basement Rooms
Providing natural light to basement rooms is always a challenge. However, upon demolition of the basement walls, some existing window openings were uncovered. These were a perfect way to maximise natural daylight into the suburban spaces and so, were re-instated to serve as light-wells into the new guest-rooms.
In addition to these, we discovered some wasted void space adjacent to one of the stairwells. Realising the potential of this space, we broke it out to transform it into a generous external light-well. This was an excellent way of channelling natural daylight into the guest bedrooms below and it added another dimension to the building. The existing function room also received new openings and a balcony onto this transformed space.
Phase 1 works is due for completion mid October 2017 and the DoubleTree West End overall refurbishment is estimated for completion late 2018.