Offset Architects were engaged by the client to look at the feasibility of extending the hotel vertically to increase the number of bedrooms available. The feasibility had to address a number of challenges such as limited structural load, planning policy restrictions, rights of light issues and maintaining Mechanical and Electrical services to keep the hotel operational. The client wanted the extension to be a statement, a 'beacon' of the area and with the fantastic views across the London horizon, the design orientated the rooms to benefit from this as much as possible.
Offset Architects provided concept drawings and a design report, enabling the client to evaluate the cost and see how the vertical extension would look and how it would fit into the surrounding environment.
The existing seventh floor was shown as removed, and layouts provided for new seventh and eighth floors giving a total of twenty seven new bedrooms, as well as a plant room relocated to the nineth floor.