ReardonSmith led the team in the £85 million re-building of The Cumberland Hotel, probably the most innovative and design-led refurbishment ever undertaken at a major London hotel. The Cumberland was transformed into a hi-tech conference and meeting venue with a total of 1000 bedrooms, together with signature restaurants, a destination bar, food courts and one of the most dramatic hotel lobbies in the Capital.
By introducing a new wall along the inside length of the existing front façade and opening up the existing exterior wall, space was created for an impressive colonnade carved out of the original stone and topped by a magnificent cantilevered glass canopy. Inside, ReardonSmith opened up two basement levels making way for nearly 1,200 sq metres of meeting rooms and totally re-planned the Hotel's 4,000 sq metre ground floor to create a space in which architectural forms are key. On completion, the Hotel became the first of the Guoman brand of 5 star hotels.