8 Nov 2015
Sustainable refurbs are the hospitality sector’s big trend and offer huge potential for contractors.
Grosvenor hotel upgrade shows what clients want
In 1927, a scandal broke out over one of London’s most iconic construction projects.
Contractors were busy demolishing the once privately owned mansion, Grosvenor House, to make way for one of Park Lane’s biggest hotels.
Later that year, the steel framework of the South Block would reach the eighth floor. The height of the development, which The Times reported would “dwarf the rest of Park Lane”, sparked a throng of angry letters to the newspaper from concerned Londoners.
But when the hotel opened in 1929, it soon became one of London society’s hotspots. Even Queen Elizabeth used the ice rink, located in the lower grounds of the building, to practise her skating.
Nearly 90 years after the scale of building enraged some members of the public, in 2014 the Grosvenor commissioned a refurbishment aimed not only at improving the hotel but also serving the public good. The £50m revamp sought to reduce the building’s energy consumption by 10.7 per cent, making it greener and more sustainably run.
Improving the Grosvenor’s sustainability is not just a concern for Marriott Hotels, which now owns the building; it is part of an increasingly important trend both in the sector and wider society.