The Savoy re–opened in 2010 after the largest ever hotel restoration in London, a £220 million project that re–affirmed the extraordinary heritage of this iconic hotel. ReardonSmith led the design team in a programme that included the restoration, rebuilding or redesign of all guestrooms and public areas, the introduction of an entirely new services infrastructure and the structural stabilisation of the listed riverfront façade. This significant feat of engineering was also the opportunity to rationalise space within the riverside guestrooms, removing some of the internal structure so that bathrooms could be re-organised and more space released into the bedroom.

Pierre–Yves Rochon created the new interior design schemes; ReardonSmith was responsible for their design development and implementation on-site. Throughout, a new level of glamour and sense of luxury was achieved, echoing the very finest of 1920s Art Deco combined with an Edwardian–inspired, classic English style, both synonymous with The Savoy. The riverfront restaurant was transformed and the lavishly theatrical Beaufort Bar introduced, complete with The Savoy's refurbished 1930s stage. The legendary American Bar was stripped out for new services and re–built to appear almost as before, while natural light was returned to the heart of the building by way of a magnificent stained glass dome over the Thames Lounge. The authentic Art Deco guestrooms were faithfully restored and others were totally refurbished in a style highly sympathetic to the spirit of the original. Most of the 180 Edwardian guestrooms needed total rebuilding but, wherever possible, original fittings and features were removed, cleaned and reinstated. A new Royal Suite was introduced, spanning nearly the entire length of the hotel at fifth floor level.

Back–of–house, works encompassed new kitchens, the latest heating and sprinkler systems and modern staff facilities. The exterior faience, the main forecourt entrance and the riverside entrance were also all refurbished.

ClientKingdom Holding/Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
RSA RoleLead Architect
Project StatusOfficial re-opening November 2010