Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush is a 317 room hotel currently under construction on Shepherd’s Bush Green.
Work began on the project in March 2012 and reached completion in spring 2014.
The new hotel replaces the former Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion which was built in 1923 and has previously been home to a cinema and bingo hall. Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion closed its doors in 2001 and remained unused until planning permission was granted for the hotel in 2009.
The project is a mix of demolition and new build, which retains the original building’s Grade II Listed facade, whilst at the same time introduces a new concrete frame structure for the hotel. In addition to its array of bedrooms, Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush includes two restaurants, a spa, an atrium lounge, a collection of meeting rooms and an executive suite.
Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush boasts 317 rooms which have all been designed with a Chinese influence teamed with British style. The comfortable and stylish rooms are all designed by Dorsett’s very own in-house design team who have created a selection of rooms for guests to choose from. Executive rooms and Suites all have access to the Dorsett Lounge offering complimentary continental breakfast, with drinks and canapés served in the early evening.
Located in the heart of vibrant Shepherd’s Bush in West London, the hotel is a meeting point for those shopping at Westfield Shopping Centre and can be a perfect connection for corporate offices in Notting Hill, Earls Court, Kensington and Olympia. The area boasts an excellent transport and communications network, served by underground stations, over ground rail and extensive bus routes. In addition to this the location is a short bus ride from Hammersmith with a direct connection to Heathrow Airport. The hotel is perfectly located to both Shepherd’s Bush Over Ground Station and Tube Station offering easy accessibility to Notting Hill, London’s West End and major tourist spots.
Discussing the project, Dorsett Project Manager, Michael Fitzgerald, said:
“The building has been built in a similar profile to the Pavilion which was housed here originally. As we are retaining the front facade, we carried out temporary works in the form of steel framing to support the facade of the building whilst the demolition work took place. We then had to tie the facade into the new concrete frame as construction progressed.”
The redevelopment entailed a small amount of hard landscaping work, as well as the installation of a sympathetic lighting scheme for the external facade.
“The feedback so far has been brilliant; this was our first hotel in the UK and it’s very smart, in keeping with its heritage. We have gone to a great deal of trouble to retain the facade, so we are making sure that it is appropriately illuminated.”
The end of the project saw a few minor teething problems, with works on the upper floors continuing past the opening date.
Ardmore Construction was the main contractor on the project. The company specialise in fixed-price Design and Build and two-stage tender contracts throughout the UK, with projects including Paynes and Borthwick, Imperial Wharf and Greenwich Peninsula, amongst others.
The construction of the new hotel has been important for the area, as noted by Michael:
“The building is a historic structure, and a landmark building. It is an amazing building which has had quite some impact on the surrounding area, helping to regenerate it whilst presenting employment opportunities and support to local businesses.”
DD Projects specialise in FF&E installations, along with building works and maintenance. Working on the Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush, DD Projects was responsible for the FF&E installations, which included caged goods, soft furnishings, signage and artwork. The company met all its deadlines and successfully completed all tasks to meet the hotel’s standards.
DD Projects Managing Director, Dinu Toderita, said:
“We are a small company with an impressive portfolio of past projects in the UK and abroad. We continue to grow with each year, so working on a project such as the Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush is very important to us.”
Dorsett Hotels & Resorts is the operating brand of Dorsett Hospitality International, with hotels in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Dorsett Hotels & Resorts’ latest sites are UK based and include Dorsett City and of course Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush.
For more information about Dorsett Hotels & Resorts, please visit: www.dorsetthotels.com.
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