The Shepherds Bush Pavilion – originally constructed as a cinema – is a Grade ΙΙ listed building, dating from 1923. Restored to something inspiring, architects Flanagan Lawrence was the driving force behind the mesmerizing transformation.
Impressively, the hotel has been shortlisted for the INSIDE world festival of interiors 2015 award.
Designed by Frank Verity, the building won the RIBA London Street Architecture Award for the best London façade. The building saw damage during World War ΙΙ, then poorly repaired, subsequently was converted to a Bingo Hall in 1983, and closed its door for good in 2001. During 2009 planning permission was granted for conversion into a stunning four star hotel, with Ardmore working as the contractor.
The 320-room hotel offers conference facilities, café, restaurant, bar, retail spaces and a charming roof-top spa. The Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion draws on the influence of Art Deco cinema design, with a foyer and atrium spaces that employ simple curved surfaces in alternating bands of sophisticated black and gold.
The internally illuminated spandrel panels also minimise sound reverberation, and at ground floor level, dark-stained, ribbed timber panelling and heavy curtains serve a similar purpose. A sumptuous honey-coloured limestone floor is inlaid with brass, in two simple decorative elements. Elements of limestone and marble were provided by Unique Marble.
The main reception comprises brass strips that form a series of concentric circles at the heart of the space, reflected in the ceiling coffer above; while in the atrium, the bands define the circulation route from the reception through to the atrium bar.
The primary facades have been retained with specific modifications to bring natural light into the rooms behind. The building features a new glazed roof which follows the curved profile of the original, drawing in daylight to the upper floors of the building.
Additional insulation to the brick facades, high performance glazing, solar shading, improved air permeability and new energy-efficient plant all contribute to a significantly improved thermal performance.
Jason Flanagan, Director of Flanagan Lawrence, commented:
“Our design has been informed by a detailed understanding of the building’s history and context. Our response complements and refines the original character of the building, protecting this important heritage asset, reactivating the streetscape and providing a new point of focal interest on Shepherds Bush Green.”
Flanagan Lawrence is an award-winning, design-led architectural practice based in London. The practice has an impressive collective expertise across a broad range of sectors and building typology, including large-scale commercial projects and high-end residential schemes, as well as cultural, hotel and leisure, education, infrastructure, logistics, business parks and major masterplanning projects both in the UK and internationally.
Flanagan Lawrence has worked with a diverse body of clients in both the private and public sectors. Private clients include ASK Property, Brookfield Europe, Grosvenor, Land Securities and Segro, amongst others. Public sector work has included performance and office space, as well as regeneration schemes. Clients have included the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Riverside Studios and Manchester City Council.
INSIDE world festival of interiors is the international forum for intelligent debate, professional exchange, creating connections and celebrating the world’s finest examples of interior design from the last 18 months. A combination of creativity, inspiration and knowledge, INSIDE is the exclusive event for the interiors industry, uniting an international community of designers, architects, clients and press.
One of the most important fixtures in the global design calendar, interior designers and architects will come together from around the world in Singapore to learn, connect and contribute ideas at the eventful annual fixture in the interior design calendar.
A global awards programme is at the heart of INSIDE, which is judged by more than 20 distinguished designers and editors from around the globe. Finalists that are shortlisted across nine categories present their project in person to international judging panels. The category winners then go head-to-head before a super jury, which includes luminaries such as Matteo Thun and Sadie Morgn.
Unique Marble Ltd
Unique Marble Ltd specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of high quality marble for use within the construction industry. The company supplies products to a worldwide client base, preparing marble in accordance with drawings and site surveys, which is then delivered and fitted by Unique Marble Ltd’s experienced team of stone masons.
Unique Marble Ltd has been in operation for ten years, beginning with the design and supply of kitchen worktops and tiles before branching out to more specialist projects, which require the skills and knowledge of an experienced company such as Unique Marble Ltd.
Over the past decade, Unique Marble Ltd has developed a large portfolio of projects, from small-scale schemes through to large-scale developments. The company has also built up a strong collection of projects within the retail sector, which has been boosted by an excellent word of mouth response.
More recently, Unique Marble Ltd has been involved with the Shepherds Bush Pavilion project, supplying and fitting Jerusalem Stone in the entrance lobby and bar area on the floor including the steps with brass trims which complimented the stone perfectly.
Absolut black granite reception desks and atrium bar top carved from chunky block with a seamless curve are the other important pieces added by the company.
Discussing the importance of the project, Cheedam Adan of Unique Marble Ltd, said:
“Shepherds Bush Pavilion was a significant project for Unique Marble Ltd as it was our first large-scale project within the hospitality sector. We have previously worked with restaurants and bars but this was the first hotel project for us.
“It was fun and exciting all the way through. We had to coordinate with other trades to meet the tight deadline and it was a good experience.”
“At Unique Marble Ltd we are proud of our responsible approach and our commitment to our work.”