Work on André Balazs’ £20m boutique gets off the blocks

Chiltern Firehouse

Hip American hotelier André Balazs is to bring his Standard hotel brand to the UK, with work on transforming the former Camden Town Hall annexe into a new boutique hotel ‘commencing shortly’.

Balazs, the brainchild behind the hugely successful Chiltern Firehouse (pictured), announced plans to launch a 270-bedroom luxury hotel in the capital last May, and now McLaren Construction has won its bid to build the £20m new property in London’s Kings Cross.

The property will mark Balazs first Standard branded hotel outside of the US, and work will now begin on transforming the former annexe into a ten-storey luxury boutique, together with the installation of three additional floors.

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The additional floors will be built in a steel frame box and placed on top of the existing building.

According to construction data company Barbour ABI, work is expected to start shortly and take around 18 months to complete, with the hotel due to open its doors in late 2017.

Commenting on his firm’s win, Phil Pringle, managing director of McLaren Construction, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting project and look forward to increasing our position in the ‘high end’ hotel sector and bringing our expertise to deliver this quality boutique hotel.”


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