[highlight1] Mint Hotel Tower of London [/highlight1]
The 583-bedroom hotel, Bennetts Associates’ second London hotel for Mint Hotel (formerly City Inn) re-establishes medieval street edges and an ivy-clad courtyard links the glazed foyer with the external roof terraces. The rooftop ‘skylounge’ is a separate metallic element sitting above the adjacent rooflines which affords stunning views of the Tower of London and other iconic landmarks. The design features extensive renewable energy provision and was completed in January 2011.
The prevailing urban grain of the area is tight and dense with most blocks of building defined by the medieval streets as they fan out from one of the City’s original Gates. The 1960s building which previously occupied the site was a notable exception to this by virtue of its H-shaped plan, which left large voids in the townscape on streets that could benefit from a greater sense of enclosure.
The new hotel development addresses this by conforming to the original street edges and enlivening the ground level with a variety of public uses. Extensive landscaping is incorporated into the building in the form of a courtyard extending from ground to roof level, the largest green wall in Europe and external roof terraces at level 11. The hotel houses a bar, restaurant, meeting and conference facilities at ground and level 1, and accommodates 583 bedrooms over a further 9 floors. The main massing of the hotel is in keeping with the surrounding buildings both in terms of height and materials but the trademark SkyLounge is treated as an identifiable element which sits discreetly above the adjacent roofs, offering 360° views of the London skyline.
The extensive views are particularly exciting towards the Tower of London to the south and the high-rise buildings of the City’s financial district to the north. In consequence, this part of the Tower Conservation Area should change from a rather barren, ill-defined area to one which has street life and a strong urban character.
The brief required the highest sustainability credentials so Bennetts Associates and Mint Hotel worked closely with the Greater London Authority, the City of London and AECOM to significantly reduce energy consumption during the design, construction and post completion stages of the project.
The most visible sustainable feature of the hotel is the living wall. This virtually self sustaining wall introduces plant biodiversity, attracting bees and birds into the City whilst also acting as a visual attraction.
Sustainability measures undertaken, have reduced carbon emissions by over 30%, significantly exceeding the latest planning requirements. The building achieves an EPC rating of B which is exceptional for a fully conditioned 4 star hotel and the building achieves a BREEAM rating of “Very Good”.
Overall energy consumption is 40% better per bedroom than the Excellent standard for a hotel of this category whilst maintaining the high quality of design expected by Mint Hotel. This was all delivered in tight budgetary and programme restraints, in a historically significant part of the City of London.
[highlight1] Project Data [/highlight1]
Project name: Mint Hotel Tower of London
Location: 7 Pepys Street, London, United Kingdom
Project Area: 27,500 m2
Project Year: 2006-2010
Value: £ 65 Million
Visit Mint Hotel Tower of London’s Website: here
- Entry – WAN Award 2011 – Hotel of the year
[highlight1] The people [/highlight1]
Client / Owner / Developer: Mint Hotel
Architects: Bennetts Associates Architects
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Service Engineer: AECOM
Contractor: Laing O’Rourke
Interior Design: Woods Bagot / Bennetts Associates Architects
Text Description: © Courtesy of Bennetts Associates Architects
Images: © Edmund Sumner
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