A £5.2 million project will bring a brand new Ibis Hotel to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Ibis Hotel Shepherd’s Bush is a 128-bed hotel under development on the site of Atlantic House, a former four-storey office and retail block in West London. The new hotel is located close to the Westfield shopping centre and will benefit from easy access to bus, Tube and London Overground services.
Work began in September 2010 and has so far included a number of demolition and construction operations to reshape the external layout of the building. The fourth floor was previously home to the building’s caretaker and has now been completely demolished and reconstructed, whilst both the north and south wings of the structure have been extended.
At the southern end of the building, four retail units have been removed in order to allow for the formation of a new lobby and reception area, whilst at the northern wing of the building new columns have been installed to take the weight off the extension.
As many of the original features are now considered dated, a rainscreen cladding facade will be vertically laid on the exterior of the building to make the structure more visually pleasing.
The project will also include the creation of a first floor access point to an NCP car park at the rear of the hotel.
The remainder of the work on the building includes the fit-out of the hotel to meet the standard Ibis Hotel specifications. In addition, a significant effort is being made to ensure that the building achieves a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.
John Cobb of Land Securities is the project manager on the development of the new Ibis Hotel, whilst the main contractor is Mclaren Construction and the architect is Leach Rhodes Walker. The mechanical & electrical consultant is Design and Management Services Limited and the structural consultant is JUBB Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Land Securities Project Manager, John Cobb, said:
“For us the main area of concern is our close proximity to the general public. As we are working in a busy and populated area, all efforts are being made to ensure that the work we are conducting is safe for both us and the people that pass through this area on a daily basis.
“As this is a residential area, we are unable to conduct any night work and we are therefore working to a tight schedule. However, I am pleased to report that everything is on programme and we have not encountered any major problems.
“Now that the demolition works are out of the way, we can begin what we see as the real building work. With a couple of sample rooms due for completion in the next few weeks, it’s great to see this project really coming together.”
Ibis Hotel Shepherd’s Bush is due to be completed in September 2012.