The Beaumont hotel, designed by ReardonSmith Architects, opened. For this first hotel from restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, the architects transformed an Art Deco era garage in London’s Mayfair into a destination with the style of a 1920s establishment.
ReardonSmith’s collaboration with King and Corbin extends back over a number of years, when it initially assisted the partners in their search for a London property. Then in 2008, Grosvenor approached Corbin and King to participate in a limited competition for the development into a hotel of the then Avis Rent-A-Car garage, originally built in 1926, and the project was born.
At the early stage, it was decided that public art will become an integral part of the building. This became a key principle of the ReardonSmith scheme that won the competition.
Following further discussions, Antony Gormley was commissioned to create an inhabitable sculpture that will be open to the public on certain designated days each year.
ReardonSmith worked closely with City of Westminster planners, English Heritage and local residents groups. The existing building needed to be extended to create a commercially viable hotel and the architects developed several options for review. The final scheme involved an extension to the existing north wing of the building, as well as two additional floors on the roof and two new basement levels. These interventions achieved space for a total of 73 guestrooms and suites, the Colony Grill Room and American bar, a separate residents’ lounge, a private dining room and a spa with hammam, hot stone platform, cold plunge pool and a gym.
Key to the chosen scheme is the roof extension that does not attempt to copy the existing façade, yet is sympathetic to it. Internally, works included the entire removal of the structure behind the retained façade, which was suspended and restrained by temporary steelwork towers during demolition and reconstruction.
All the fenestration is new with crittall-style windows custom-designed to match to look of the original windows while significantly improving their security, thermal and acoustic qualities. Four Art Deco style lamps on the front elevation are faithful replicas of the original lamps and the defining black iron balustrading to level four of the building – previously the top floor – has been restored. The façade was repaired and re-painted.
ALL PHOTOS FROM THE BEAUMONT