10 AUGUST 2020
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Premier Inn is celebrating the opening of a new-build 274-room property close by Waterloo Station in Southwark (SE1 8QD).
Designed by Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) the development includes a ground floor restaurant, fronting onto a public courtyard and pocket park.
The new Premier Inn features two separate blocks of accommodation connected via a lightweight glazed bridge link. A re-instatement of the lost Marlborough Street, a public route leads through to a pocket park and New Marlborough Yard, designed, according to DMA, in the spirit of other ‘discoverable' London courtyard spaces such as Ham Yard, St Christopher's Place and Shepherd Market.
Mark Wood, a partner at the architects said: "Given the current difficulties facing the construction sector in the UK, it is encouraging to see this new-build hotel project come to fruition. The design specified a combination of lightweight metal sections and more traditional construction techniques allowing the project to be delivered efficiently and on time. The project stands as testament to our strong track record on delivering commercially successful hotel projects in prime locations.
The site lies between the intense activity of The Cut with its shops, restaurants, bars and cultural entertainment and the quiet residential area of Ufford Street.
The pocket park incorporates seating, sculpture and abundant planting to offer respite and a sense of peace within the hubbub of city life. Diverse tree species provide shade and create a calm oasis, as well as helping to improve local air quality. Native and ornamental plants will foster biodiversity throughout the scheme and a mosaic of wildflower and sedum green roofs will provide a habitat for wildlife.
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