Client: Minerva /
Location: West London
Services: Construction management
Project Value: £100m
Woolf – Capita’s Construction Management division –
worked on the £100m Lancasters development which involved the
conversion of the dilapidated 1970s Lancasters Hotel into 77 luxury
Situated near Hyde Park in London, the building comprises a
seven-storey, Grade II-listed mid-19th century terrace on Bayswater
Road. The ultra-prime apartments, which are already on the market,
afford views across a luxury Cote d’Azure style garden at the front
and Hyde Park to the south.
The building's character has been retained by preserving the
original stucco and brick façade which, at 125m long and 26m high
at the front of the building, is thought to be one of the largest
facades in Europe, and is the largest retained Georgian elevation
in the UK.
The Lancasters site also once featured an elegant 15 house
parade which was home to a number of distinguished Londoners
including Admiral Lauderdale, Lord Westbury and Samuel Courtauld.
13 years in construction, it spanned the Crimean war and the 19th
century housing slump before the entire terrace was converted to a
392 bedroom hotel in 1970.
Internally the new apartments have been designed around the
grandeur of the original architecture and interior features of the
building. They include classic fibrous plaster corniced ceilings,
replicated period stone fireplaces, timber panelling and bespoke
cabinetry. Contemporary sleek kitchens and spa-inspired marble clad
bathrooms complete the fit-out process creating a seamless blend of
contemporary and traditional design.
The Woolf team has worked closely and collaboratively with the
developers Minerva and Northarce and principal designers Nilsson
Architects to create one of London’s leading ultra-prime
500 tonnes of steel were used to temporarily restrain the facade
during the demolition of most of the rest of the building. The
project also included the excavation of 24,000 cu m in front of the
facade to help create 31,000 cu m of underground car park and plant