Plans for apartment-style hotel in London revealed

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UK: The Portfolio Club has appointed RED Construction to transform the Harrington Hall Hotel into a premium flexible stay hotel, due for completion in spring 2022.

The Portfolio Club (TPC), a joint venture between APG and London Central Portfolio, acquired the site in December 2019. The building, which is formed of a series of terraced, was put on the market in 2018 for £130 million by Olayan Group.

RED Construction will provide a complete reconfiguration and refurbishment of the 130,000 square foot property. It will feature a public bar and bistro cafe, with private amenities for residents such as a pool, spa, gym, steam and sauna room, and yoga and treatment rooms.

Two private bars, one within a garden courtyard and the other a whisky bar located in the vaults, will also be included.

Sustainable elements will be incorporated throughout the development to receive a BREEAM Excellent certification upon completion. This includes a living roof using sustainable building materials and technology-enhanced energy efficiency throughout the build.

The project has a timeline of 59 weeks.

Graham Sturge, managing director of Farringdon-based RED Construction, said: “This is a landmark project for RED Construction and a high-profile partnership with TPC. Having the opportunity to work alongside the joint venture and input into the development of both the building and the new brand is extremely exciting. We pride ourselves on our unique knowledge and ability to work on complex builds whilst fully understanding and integrating our client’s requirements. Utilising our strong relationships and supply chain we are able to deliver on our entry tendered commitments of cost, quality and programme and this development will be no exception.”

Naomi Heaton, CEO at The Portfolio Club, added: “We wanted a trustworthy and highly skilled construction firm to deliver our vision of apartment-style living for our hotel guests. RED Construction has significant knowledge of prime London neighbourhoods and has completed projects with similar obstacles to overcome. This, and their understanding of our brand, made RED the perfect partner for this development, which marks the first of a series of acquisitions and the launch of our new hospitality concept.”

Last September, The Portfolio Club acquired a second site in Covent Garden, with planning permission to develop a 146-room hotel with retail and restaurant space. The vision is to roll out a new lifestyle residents’ club internationally, catering to business and leisure.

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