Sea Containers Hotel

Full overhaul at the Southbank Hotel, or as renamed due to a historical long term tenant, the Sea Containers Building, London. Main features of the project included the creation of the reception and entrance areas to include a replica of the hull of the Cutty Sark ship, made from copper to form the reception desk.

Project Cost - £10m

Workforce – 100

End Value – £63m

Duration – 20 months

Status - Delivered

Sea Containers Hotel - London

  • Sea Containers House, as formerly known, was designed by the highly acclaimed American Modernist architect Warren Platner in 1974 as a luxury hotel. During construction, however, its location near the City of London led to the decision to evoke a change of use and complete it instead as office space. It opened in 1978 and took its name from the former long-term tenant, Sea Containers.

    In early 2011, a process began to obtain planning permission for an extensive internal and external refurbishment of the property. The east and west wings, which face the Thames, remained offices, with companies within global communications group WPP moving in February 2016. The south wing was renovated as the Mondrian Hotel London, which opened on 30 September 2014, bringing at least part of the building back to its original intended use. The hotel became independent and was renamed Sea Containers London Hotel in January 2019, at which point further extensive refurbishment was conducted.

    Sea Containers House is located towards the eastern end of London's South Bank cultural area, and is within the London Borough of Southwark. A continuous river-side walkway, actually part of the Thames Path, passes in front of and below the building, and links it with near river-side attractions such as the Festival Hall, the National Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Oxo Tower and the Globe Theatre.
  • Full overhaul at the Southbank Hotel, or as renamed due to a historical long-term tenant, the Sea Containers Building, London. Main features of the project included the creation of the reception and entrance areas to include a replica of the hull of the Cutty Sark ship, made from copper to form the reception desk.

    The refurbishment of the existing building included the removal of the cellular structural walls that originally formed the partitions for the hotel suites. By inserting steel structural steel into the existing concrete frame allowed structural partitions to be removed opening up the floor space to be suitable for modern office use. This allowed for cutting back the internal structural walls allowing the re-use of the existing structure in lieu of full demolition.

    The superstructure to the new build office was designed for rapid construction and comprised a structural steel frame with composite metal deck concrete slabs and a slip formed core. This allowed for offsite prefabrication for the structural frame, a key driver on a constrained site. The perimeter cladding followed the same principle and was designed and constructed with unitised cladding panels comprising of precast concrete with polished reconstituted stone cladding and glazing.
  • The project timescale from commencement to completion was 20 months. Encompassing a workforce of up to 100 trades and managerial personnel, including off site prefabrication metsec technology, ensured a large-scale project to be completed within a congested environment, in under 2 years. The project was completed within the budget allocated at the initial costing and quantity survey phase, being £10m.

    When utilising the footplate scale, elements of EBITDA volumes and trading capacities the property is estimated to now be worth in excess of £63m.

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