Featuring copper based brass and gold shingles, the building creates a strikingly different visual amongst neighbouring glass-clad office blocks. The golden shingles reflect the setting sun on the west elevation, turning to an intense orange as the sun sits lower in the sky - over time the brass based tiles will evolve and patinate into a rich brown colour to reveal jagged gold 'slashes' across the four sides of the main tower. The gentle undulations particular to the copper sheet catch and reflect the light to create movement and interest to the elevation and bring light into the public square.
Bespoke BRE testing has rated the facade A+, while overall the building achieves the equivalent of excellent BREEAM rating and will gain 19% of its energy from a geothermal central borehole.
The hotel sits in a challenging environment beside the main Paddington railways and the A40 Westway. A key feature in its development was the construction of a high level, wide span, structural deck to facilitate flexibility for the later construction of 'Crossrail' beneath the hotel. This requirement results in structural transfer from podium to tower via massive columns and beams that are reflected in the hotel design.
Internally the 'New Generation' Accor hotel incorporates conference and meeting spaces; leisure facilities including a pool; a bar and restaurant area opening out onto a landscaped square; and a tower of 206 rooms including three penthouse suites positioned to take advantage of views to the west.
Project team: Lead architects - Dexter Moren Associates Masterplan architects - KPF
Main contractor - Ardmore