West Wing to the Connaught Hotel
In recent years demand for the Connaught Hotel has increased steadily to the point where in peak periods long established Clients struggle to achieve bookings. The Connaught required an increase of at least a third new bedrooms and suites to meet demand and position itself comfortably within the 5 star Mayfair luxury Hotel category.
The streamlining of back of house facilities and centralising of clerical services permitted the re-evaluation of hotel ancillary accommodation in Adam’s Row, which was built in the 1950’s and 1970’s. This provided the opportunity of redeveloping this portion of the Connaught. The final scheme designed by Blair Associates Architecture Ltd was carefully considered in terms of the overall context of the site, scale and character of the Conservation Area. The proposed envelope in three-dimensional form relates in scale to the Mews of Adam’s Row, and more particularly to the successful way that the Mews buildings terminate at the South Audley Street end of Adam’s Row. The proposed scheme terraces up from Adam’s Row a further two storeys, respecting daylight angles to surrounding residential buildings opposite. The building steps up to the corner just outside the lighting zone to flank the rather ugly unfinished western elevation of the existing Hotel.