Working in the hotels sector
As well as flagship projects like the £200m refurbishment of The Savoy, we deliver schemes for long-term clients Westmont Hospitality Group. Westmont has strategic alliances with many hotel brands, including Fairmont, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton, Accor, Starwood, Wyndham, Choice Hotels, Renaissance, Radisson and Best Western. The company is one of the largest franchisees and co-owners of IHG hotels and Hilton hotels worldwide.
Our experience in the hotels sector has taken us all over the world, working in London with The Savoy, to Paris, Cannes, Munich, Budapest, Prague, Milan and now we have projects in the pipeline in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Africa.
Our recent projects include the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, located at the end of the renowned Chain Bridge, with panoramic vistas of the Danube and the hills of Buda. We were appointed on a short-term contract to reconfigure the hotel, whilst maintaining its historical elegance with ultra-modern comforts. We worked with a Budapest architect to ensure the local heritage board were satisfied with changes to the external façade and the external terraces.
We have also performed roles whist seconded into InterContinental Hotels Group for the 2 year refurbishment project of the 580 room hotel in the centre of Munich. Built in 1973 and arranged in 4 blocks, the hotel is embedded in a mixed-use complex including a shopping centre, basement car park and petrol station. The original planned refurbishment costs of £35-40m were not financially viable for the client. We made a case at board level for a £30m model which was approved and delivered two months ahead of schedule.
For Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, we delivered a refurbishment of the 5*, 192-room St Andrews Bay Hotel. The hotel remained trading throughout the construction period requiring careful site management and detailed programming. Costs were controlled using our Purchase Order Manager that is fully integrated into the FF&E supply chain to provide live accurate management reports.
Under secondment, we provided project management and cost management for the Grade II* listed Savoy Hotel’s 3 year transformation. This successfully restored the hotel to its former position as one of the finest hotels in London. The project consisted of the renovation of the entire hotel interior including all public spaces, guest accommodation and back of house areas.
In 2014 we were instructed to undertake a health check prior to acquisition of the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. Following our initial recommendations we were appointed to deliver the refurbishment of 173 guest rooms, 21 suites, public areas, meeting rooms and a newly configured bar and restaurant, along with the introduction of air conditioning into the guest rooms. Our sustainability team achieved major cost savings through water restrictors, and the hotel achieved cost savings of £55,000 in its first year of operation alone.