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Premier Inn, Lavington Street, London

BCL were awarded the 6m plus Design and Build contract to construct an 8 storey hotel over basement on a site at the busy junction of Lavington Street and Great Suffolk Street London SE1. The Hotel commenced early in 2011 and reached practical completion in April 2012.

The Client for the Premier Inn Hotel is UK’s leading hospitality company ‘Whitbread’ in association with its development partner ‘Jansons Property’.

The site is located in South East London (SEL) in close proximity to Southwark Tube Station and is a short walk from Waterloo Station.

The building is 8 storeys above basement and will provide 4,808m2 of accommodation.  The hotel contains 122 bedrooms from 1st floor upwards.

The ground floor contains ancillary restaurant and office accommodation and plant is located at basement and at roof level.

The basement walls are formed in a secant piled wall and the structure supported off a bearing piled foundation.  The structural frame is of insitu concrete from basement to 6th floor, clad predominantly in brick with aluminum windows and associated pressing details.  The building sets back at 6th floor parapet level and the 7th and 8th floors have been constructed in a light weight steel structure clad in a curtain walling.

PV panels provisions are incorporated at 7th and 8th floor south elevation.  A CHP unit provides the hot water supply.  The south facing bedrooms are shaded by Brise Soleil cantilevered from the brickwork.

The bulding covers the entire site foot print which was very restricted with single delivery access available off Great Suffolk Street, and neighbouring properties adjacent to 2 remaining sides.

During the basement works, considerable enabling works were required to allow the basement piling to commence including the removal of existing basement structures and piling obstructions.

The site was registered under the Considerate Constructors Scheme and received certification for ‘performance beyond compliance’.

Close liaision was required with Southwark Council to ensure all planning conditions were discharged.  Regular meetings were held with the Bankside Logistics Group to coordinate and plan works with other Principal Contractors in the area so as to minimise disruption to the local community.

Project Details
Client: Whitbread & Jansons Property
Category: 3
Size: 4,808m2
Architect: Lee Penson Group
Surveyor: K2 Consultancy Limited
Cost: 6 million
Location: United Kingdom