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Demolition to deliver a beautiful hotel renovation

Specialist Contractor McGee has been appointed by Future 54 Project and Cost Management specialists, on behalf of London + Regional Hotels, to deliver the demolition works at the former Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, located at 22 Portman Square in Marylebone, London.

Worth circa £10m, this is another major contract win for McGee.

Completed in 1969, the existing building is formed of two hotel towers situated above a podium building. McGee will deliver the soft strip, asbestos removal and demolition works as part of the sensitive refurbishment and extension of the existing Hotel to improve its overall appearance, provide a better environment at street level and improve the facilities and bedrooms for guests and staff.

McGee began work on the project in April 2019.

Works will comprise the partial demolition of the 1st and 2nd floor slabs to form a new atrium; demolition of internal staircases for new access routes; demolition of the existing plant room on the rear terrace to allow a new gym to be constructed, and soft strip and demolition of non-load bearing walls on all floors to allow a revised layout.

The proposed Hotel retains the existing towers, repositions the podium and extends the towers to form a distinctive loggia at roof level.

McGee expects to complete its work by September 2019.

Nick Taylor, Demolition Director, said:

“We are thrilled to be selected by Future 54 to deliver this sensitive demolition and ultimately help to deliver the major refurbishment of the Portman Hotel for our valued client London + Regional Hotels.

“The contract win is a demonstration of our commitment and expertise to taking a collaborative approach to deliver our projects, minimising disruption and delivering a best in class service for our clients and we look forward to building on our successful track record in delivering similar projects.”

Benjamin Owen, Future 54, said:

“It’s great to have McGee, an experienced demolition Contractor onboard when replacing an existing façade, removing internal walls and creating new double height spaces.”

The Hotel and Restaurant will be a new addition to the Nobu brand and will be operated by London + Regional Hotels.

The hotel will have 249 bedrooms and suites, reduced from its current 272, as well as a Nobu restaurant, ballroom and meeting facilities. David Collins Studio is on board completing the front of house interior design, whilst Make Architects carry out the guestroom interior design. The Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is set to open in Spring 2020 in the city’s West End, joining its sister hotel in Shoreditch.