Squire and Partners’ plans for a boutique hotel on Borough High Street in Southwark, London were consented on 21.7.16, for client Raykor Limited. The area of Borough on the Southbank in London is rapidly developing and has been transformed in recent years following the completion of the Shard Tower which has become a landmark for the area pulling in new busnesses and retail outlets.
The seven-storey hotel will provide 50 guest rooms alongside a public cafe and reception space at ground level.
The main façade of five storeys has a bottom-middle-top arrangement inspired by the building next door. At ground level is a public café, framed in glazed brick and animating the streetscape. The middle section has regular punched hole windows, while a cornice line and a half brick recess defines the top storey. The two set-back top floors replicate the patterns and proportions of the main façade in aluminium.
In response to the local Conservation Area, and the industrial heritage of the neighbourhood, a glazed dark brick façade with punched holed windows is proposed, punctuated by an interspersed pattern of glass bricks. The pattern is an abstract interpretation of the ghost signs displayed on the adjoining buildings, providing texture to the façade and making a connection to the history of the site.