London’s world famous West End is currently undergoing a spectacular makeover in anticipation of an increase in visitors during the London 2012 Olympics.
New West End Company, Heart of London Business Alliance and Central London Business Improvement Districts are behind the £1 billion project. The programme will see the development of a casino, a number of brand new hotels and improved retail facilities for the area. In addition, the scheme will also see public areas in the West End benefit from the face-lift.
Main contractor for the prestigious project is SIAC.
The first phase of the project was completed in September 2011 with the £22 million redevelopment of Leicester Square’s Hippodrome. The site is seen as a key investment in the project and has witnessed the Hippodrome transform into a leisure casino, complete with bars, entertainment and dining facilities.
Further investment is being injected into the West End’s hotel sector in order to accommodate the expected influx of visitors to the capital, estimated to reach an additional one million people. This includes a £200 million development project to bring the UK’s first W Hotel to Leicester Square.
W Hotel is a ten-storey 194-room hotel that has been designed by architects Jestico + Whiles. A significant design feature of the hotel will be its translucent glass ‘movie screen’ exterior that has been inspired by the glitz and glamour of Piccadilly Circus’ film and theatre culture.
Additional hotel developments include the £6.5 million refurbishment of St John’s Restaurant Hotel and the redevelopment of a new Grosvenor Hotel at 8 Balderton Street. The Grosvenor Hotel is being developed by Corbin & King Hotels Limited (CKHL) and will include 75 bedrooms, a spa, bar and restaurant. In total 820 brand new hotel beds will be ready and waiting when visitors arrive in London during summer 2012.
Heart of London Business Alliance CEO, Sarah Porter, said:
“The investments in the hotel and leisure offering in London’s West End – typified by the innovative W Hotel development – will extend visitors’ Olympic experience.
“Visitors to London will enjoy a huge choice of world-class entertainment sites and accommodation from the world renowned Hippodrome, to the new boutique St John’s Hotel.”
To complete the transformation project, retailers and property owners in the West End are investing £430 million to improve retail units, whilst public areas are to receive £100 million via a union between Westminster City Council and Transport for London (TfL) and partners. As part of the retail improvements, the first M&M’s World store to trade outside of the US has already opened in Leicester Square.
Westminster City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, Councillor Robert Davis, said:
“The West End is undergoing a huge transformation which will ensure it acts as a showcase for the country and is fitting for its status as a world class destination.”
New West End Company CEO, Richard Dickinson, added:
“London’s West End is the shop window to the world, and will be under particular scrutiny during the Olympic Games. These far-reaching multi-million pound refurbishments will ensure that the world’s most famous shopping district looks great when the eyes of the world are on London.”
CSB Environmental Ltd
CSB Environmental Ltd provides surface cleaning services for a range of industrial and commercial sectors. The company has worked on projects ranging from brand new constructions through to town centre maintenance operations and previous clients include Balfour Beatty & Skanska.
On the Leicester Square Redevelopment project CBS Environment Ltd was involved in cleaning sections of Chinese granite that had been laid at the site. This required the use of mobile hot water pressure units and will be completed with a CYCLONE ride-on pressure washer that cleans and recycles water.
CSB Environmental Ltd Director Simon Bailey said: “We offer our clients a reliable and top quality service and with over 13 years of experience our clients know that if they have any cleaning needs they can come straight to us.”