The Lanesborough, situated at one of London’s most prestigious addresses overlooking Hyde Park Corner, was renovated for the first time since the property had been converted into a hotel over 20 years ago. ReardonSmith acted as Lead Design Consultant and Architect, partnering with the Alberto Pinto agency and several specialist craft companies in a programme of works which returned The Lanesborough to its premier status amongst the capital’s most distinguished hotels.
Our role included the negotiation of all planning and listed building consents, preparation of the detailed plan of works in collaboration with the operator, coordination of all issues relating to interior design, operations and the new service infrastructure and on-site supervision to ensure that Alberto Pinto’s vision was realised. In the public areas, ceilings were replaced with skilfully embellished fibrous plaster, existing stone and marble was revived, the ubiquitous dark mahogany was painstakingly stripped back to reveal a lighter grain and layers of classical decoration were introduced. All 94 guestrooms were refurbished, each room different in either configuration or style and treated to magnificent all-marble bathrooms, and the Royal Suite was extended and refurbished to achieve a residence of up to 250 sq metres. Adjustments to back-of-house areas were also made to better utilise the space and create an attractive staff dining room.