A new general manager has been appointed to head up the launch of a new London hotel opening in October.
Douglas McHugh has joined the quirky new property near the South Bank from St Ermin’s, where has been for the last eight years, leading the team through the five-star hotel’s £37m relaunch.
McHugh is to head up the management team at Bankside, overseeing the new hotel alongside his current position as general manager of St Ermin’s.
McHugh boasts more than 25 years experience in the sector, having studied hospitality management in Edinburgh, before embarking on several GM roles with Heritage Hotels and Millennium & Copthorne hotels.
As well as McHugh’s appointment, a new hotel manager has also joined the team. Laure Ruegger studied at the Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne before honing her skills with the likes of La Reserve.
Ashwini Lakshman has become Bankside’s new director of people and development, while another three of the key team members have been appointed for St Ermin’s in London; Fiona Fraser, director of sales; Soyful Alam, front of house manager and Marina Szymczak, head housekeeper.
Bankside will be a 161-bedroom hotel on the south bank of the River Thames, and is part of the One Blackfriars development from architect Ian Simpson.
The interiors will be designed by Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studios and a big emphasis will be placed on sustainability at the new property.