Studio Moren to extend Holiday Inn Express Southwark in London (GB)

Studio Moren to extend Holiday Inn Express Southwark in London (GB)

Studio Moren has won planning permission for a seven-storey extension to the Holiday Inn Express Southwark in London.


The extension will be the third undertaken at the property by Studio Moren and will add accommodation for hotel guests and create an additional food and beverage offering.


The project will add 35 rooms to the hotel, 11 more than the initial feasibility study indicated was possible, taking the room count to 184.


Studio Moren previously extended the site in 2011 and 2015, the former before the London 2012 Paralympics, emphasizing accessible and inclusive design. In addition, the group introduced several systems to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, including a rainwater harvesting system and irrigation to the green/living wall on the rear external elevation.


The new extension has been designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating, through the use of solar panels, an extensive green roof and ground-level planters, which will also serve to enhance the hotel’s surroundings.


Paul Wells, Partner, Studio Moren said: “The growth of the Holiday Inn Express Southwark over the years is a testimony to the success of our clients, RBH Management, and a matter of pride to us, given our involvement during the different stages of its lifecycle. The latest  - and final - phase, will see us meet the challenge of adding rooms to satisfy growing demand for this popular location, which we achieved by employing the existing rear under-used parking area. We have carefully designed the extension to maximise room count, foot print and create a secondary F&B space for use at key pressure times throughout the day. We also have revisited the refuse storage, servicing layout and kitchen provision to better serve both the existing and proposed guest rooms and introducing new active frontage to improve the hotel’s appearance in the neighbourhood.”


RBH’s Chief Technical Officer, Gregor MacNaughton, commented: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Studio Moren team again to help further develop our initial design and to finally obtain formal consent. Capital projects is a significant part of our business, so it’s great to be able to work with our established partners to deliver for our hotel owners.”


The design creates a homogeneous building by extending the grid pattern and setting the sixth floor back with a contemporary dark grey tiled mansard. The curved facade above a two-storey glazed plinth on the corner of Bear Lane and Prices Street joins sympathetically with the existing hotel wing along Price’s Street.


Image provided by Studio Moren.


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