Sheppard Robson's citizenM Tower of London named Urban Hotel of the Year

22nd November 2017

Sheppard Robson's design for citizenM Tower of London has been named Urban Hotel (new build) of the year at last night’s AHEAD Awards, a prize that celebrates outstanding design in the hospitality sector across all of Europe.

Sheppard Robson is the lead architect of the new 370-bedroom flagship hotel for citizenM, located next to the Tower of London. The complex urban setting was the starting point for the nine-storey building, which has been designed to sit comfortably next to its historic neighbours. As well as the Tower of London immediately to the south of the site, the project is also in a conservation area with several listed buildings nearby and adjacent to the historic Roman London Wall. In addition, the project negotiates the technical and logistical challenges of being located above a London Underground Station (Tower Hill).

The facade of the building is characterised by the use of Portland Stone, a material that is in-keeping with the adjacent Trinity Square. The frame is animated by vertical concrete fins that are intersected by horizontal aluminium projections, the lightness of which act as a counterpoint to the robustness of the stone. The vertical array of fins has been carefully placed to provide shading and contribute to the building’s BREEAM Excellent sustainable credentials.

With interiors by Concrete, the bedrooms are arranged around a central courtyard and have been constructed using citizenM’s stacked modular pod design. This prefabricated method of construction means that the bedrooms benefit from enhanced quality control, which has resulted in precise detailing and excellent internal finishes – an essential characteristic of high-quality hotel rooms. This modern method of construction also improves efficiencies throughout delivery, boosting the sustainable credentials of the building.

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