Originally formed in 1910 by the merging of a series of townhouses dating back to 1835, the Grade II listed Berners Hotel underwent a full refurbishment and extension to become The London Edition Hotel, opening in 2013. As part of the EDITION Hotels brand, a collaboration between hotel specialist Ian Schrager and Marriott International, this luxury boutique hotel is steeped in history and preserves the finest aspects of an iconic landmark building, but reinvents the spaces within to create a dynamic fusion of past and present.
The five star hotel retains many original architectural features, such as ornate ceilings and a marble-clad reception area. The creative and modern additions, such as straight-line designs and influences by contemporary artists, complete the unique luxury boutique that, as with all edition hotels, showcases the best its host city has to offer.
A basement, ground and seven upper floors contain 173 unique guest rooms including a presidential suite, a 24 hour gym, conference and event facilities, two bars, a restaurant and lobby. Ramboll undertook the scheme design for the total refurbishment of the hotel guest rooms and public areas, providing structural engineering, building services, fire engineering, geotechnical engineering and acoustic services.
To improve access around the building, structural works included the removal of a column on the first floor. Intrusive investigations were required to provide the requisite understanding to engineer the removal of the column which was replaced with a transfer beam. Meanwhile strengthening works were carried out to an existing column to enhance capacity and to enable it to be doubled in height around a double-height space.
Ramboll also renewed the complete mechanical, electrical and public health (MEPH) infrastructure, including the insertion of new services penetrations. The MEPH services were designed to fit within the existing height constraints and to comply with planning conditions, requiring detailed coordination to accommodate the main distribution plant equipment.
Meanwhile, a new lift installation was carefully integrated within the listed grand entrance stair to provide improved service facilities, supporting the ethos of Ian Schrager and expertise of Marriott International.
The fit out then provided the opportunity for Ramboll to provide bespoke engineering solutions. A 3m long cantilevered, reinforced concrete front desk was engineered for the lobby and acoustic isolation details for the event rooms were investigated. In these spaces the Ramboll acoustic team detailed floating rooms suspended upon acoustic isolators to maintain the acoustic quality of adjacent bedrooms.