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Transforming a 1980s office building into a boutique hotel, set on London’s iconic Drury Lane
Woods Bagot’s design will breathe new life into this 1980s office building, transforming it into a unique boutique destination hotel and reconnecting this part of Drury Lane with the ongoing buzz of Covent Garden. The AMANO Covent Garden Hotel will comprise 141 guest bedrooms and a roof top bar, as well as a roof terrace offering one-of-a-kind panoramic views over Central London.
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The original Drury House is located within a stone’s throw of Covent Garden’s Piazza, directly opposite the Theatre Royal. In an area that welcomes more than 43 million visitors each year, the AMANO Covent Garden will serve tourists as well as business travelers. This is being driven by the client, Manex Properties – a joint venture between AMANO Group, the highly acclaimed German hotelier, and investment firm Excellion Capital.
The original building was developed as an office in the 1980s with a façade and frontage to match its time, with 5 floors of workspace, an accessible rooftop and a curved corner entrance. Woods Bagot’s new proposal will see the workspace levels converted and 6 floors of high-end hotel rooms as well as a breakfast area, a new lounge bar in the basement and a roof extension with a bar and terrace.
Externally, significant enhancements will be made to mansard, façade and windows to introduce better coherence with the neighbouring buildings while ensuring a contemporary appearance. Careful consideration is also being given to how the new hotel will interact with its vicinity while also protecting and enhancing local amenity. As part of a catalogue of measures taken to benefit local amenity, the entrance and lobby are being repositioned further west along Russell Street.
The substantial re-development of Drury House will also include the renovation of the original high-quality brick and stone whilst introducing high quality metal windows and Juliette balconies to create a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic, giving the building a new character to improve its relationship with the historic Covent Garden district.
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