This is a significant Design and Build hotel development White Ink Architects delivered with McAleer & Rushe D&B Contractors for Bath Road Corp SARL overlooking the runway at Heathrow Airport T5.
White Ink worked closely with McAleer & Rushe from tender stage to develop the RIBA Stage 2+ design by ICA Architects, including optimising the layout to provide structural efficiencies to the concrete frame structure.
The 623 bedroom hotel located over six floors is designed as a linear figure of 8 and arranged around internal and external courtyards overlooked by guest bedrooms.
The hotel combines two IHG brands in one building, comprising 433 Holiday Inn Bedrooms and 190 Staybridge Suites with shared gym facilities and separate public areas including reception, restaurant, bar, conference suite and car parking to the rear of the site.
The façade design overcomes the acoustic challenges created by the proximity to the airport, with the Reglit façade providing an acoustic buffer to the guest bedrooms on the entrance elevation and the rainscreen cladding selected to avoid interference issues for the airport radar.
Photography by Joe Laverty and White Ink Architects
“White Ink Architects were always happy to engage in matters of minor detail, and that underpinned the success of this development.”
“We approached White Ink Architects following the viewing of their project – The Hill House. We felt that their careful response to working with and integration to existing buildings would be key to the success of our project. We are delighted with the openness of the new glazed extension and its ability to cross the divide between the internal and external realms.”
“White Ink Architects stood by their concept throughout design development and were able to demonstrate value when aspects of the design were challenged… such conviction has paid off… Project deliverables have met programme and quality targets.”
“They combine design flair with technical knowledge and bring the much needed element of ‘common sense’ to the design and build process.”
“They work in a collaborative and responsive way showing consideration and understanding of our functional needs, and our financial and time constraints.”
“They are always pro-active and prompt in dealing with the day to day issues that occur on a project.”
“…the refurbishment of the Whitehall Building is a feather in the cap for Sandy Row… its refurbishment breathes new life into the area.”
“White Ink Architects provided a unique and strong visual solution to this project working closely with our teams to ensure functionality was not compromised.”