45 Park Lane, W1K

45 Park Lane is the refurbishment of a 1960’s office building into a luxury hotel designed in collaboration with Thierry W. Despont. The characteristic shape, scale and structure of the building was significantly maintained. External metal fins span the width of seven floors covering retained cladding.

The scheme’s pioneering fire strategy solution maximizes space with a single internal staircase, the first for any hotel project in London. Contemporary art deco influenced interiors of rich robust materials were used creating the intimate feeling of a luxury private residence.

Use was made of existing services capacity at the Dorchester by building an underground tunnel 10m below ground, 3.5m in diameter and 120m long to link both hotels, which carries power, hot/cold water, heating, fibre optic cables and a sprinkler supply, reducing the requirement for services space and providing enhanced efficiency.