The Great Eastern Hotel at Liverpool Street Station in the City of London was one of the grand railway hotels of the late Victorian era, built in the 1890s and extended in 1901. Starved of investment, it had declined into a forlorn, seedy backwater. Our £65 million reconstruction is remarkable for both its faithful restoration of historic fabric and equally for the bold and innovative interventions by which it has been recast as the City’s first 5 star luxury hotel.
The Manser Practice successfully negotiated planning consent for this significant transformation to the Grade II listed building, liaising closely with Railtrack, train operating companies and local amenity groups. A dramatic new central atrium provides a convincing link between the 1890s and 1901 blocks. It is the heart of the new Great Eastern, a hub from which the rest of the interior now derives a logical and intelligible order.
The reconstruction involved demolishing the fourth and fifth floors, gutting the centre of the building down to sub-basement level and rebuilding 9 storeys around the first floor level atrium to provide 266 guest bedrooms. At ground floor, the hotel reception is an impressive and dignified space. It is visually connected to the floors above by another dramatic device, the circular lightwell cut through its ceiling and providing views to the top of the building and daylight.
The Great Eastern has become once more a landmark building and a social hub for the City of London – a luxury hotel of international quality.
“A modern hotel which retains its Victorian splendour” - The Architect’s Journal