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Hotel home to the stars given eco-refurbishment by Purcell Miller Tritton

The Internationally acclaimed 5-Star Athenaeum Hotel, which boasts a Hollywood guest list that includes Stephen Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas, has been given the star treatment redesign by architects Purcell Miller Tritton.

The practice was responsible for all architectural design including sustainable design features and landscaping as part of a £2.15m refurbishment programme which has attracted headlines from around the world for its innovation. Unique to this world famous hotel’s renaissance has been the unveiling of their new nine storey vertical ‘living wall’ of vegetation by Patrick Blanc - the tallest in Europe straddling the prominent corner to Piccadilly and Down Street.

The overall project was designed by Purcell Miller Tritton’s eco-expert architect, Jeremy Blake who said “It’s a dream of a wall, erupting with trailing tendrils and flowers nine storeys high above Piccadilly’s red buses like a living tapestry. At its base, beside the hotel’s Garden Room, is the world’s largest collection of Urticaccae, unisexual flowers that can be pollinated by the wind, as well as hosting many different native plants and flowers. This humid microclimate is the perfect spot for the more exotic species”.

Jeremy,went on to expand on the overall brief for refurbishing the hotel that he received from the owners, Ralph Trustees Ltd.“As the architects responsible for the overall project we were asked to increase the thermal and acoustic efficiency of the building, enhance the room quality and guest experience as well as to transform the external appearance of the hotel to become a striking London landmark and a first class destination hotel.”

Consequently, over the past two years Purcell Miller Tritton has transformed the Athenaeum externally to match the internal upgrading and refurbishment by Fox Linton Associates. The original single glazed metal sash windows with solid lower panels were all replaced with inward opening French doors with Juliet balconies that overlook Green Park and Down Street “.

Jeremy further added, “Most attention has understandably been focused on the living wall not only as a feature, but also because it greatly increases the building’s thermal efficiency, since plant surfaces have a low temperature due to transpiration, and they also enhance the air quality by the oxygen they create.” He concluded “However, in addition a substantial amount of work has been undertaken to upgrade and improve all aspects of this impressive London landmark. It is not surprising that so many of the rich and famous use it as their home when they stay in London.”

Email: julian@barlowcomms.co.uk


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