Great Scotland Yard Hotel

Former MoD building, now 5 star Hotel

Great Scotland Yard Hotel is an iconic Landmark that has undergone a staggering £75m transformation – now a 5 star establishment shortlisted for a number of awards. Our specification included numerous bespoke pieces, one particular highlight being the “elephant head” design pull handles on the entrance doors to the Hotel’s Bar and Lounge called “The 40 Elephants” which was named after a 19th century all female crime syndicate.
John Planck Ltd was contracted by Galliard Construction to deliver a comprehensive ironmongery schedule to over 750 doors for this project including differing styles, many of which were bespoke, for certain areas of the building such as the bedroom floors, front of house and guest areas as well as the back of house. Collectively, the teams came up with and had manufactured a range of unique standout pieces. In a statement for the AIJ, Stephen Conway – Executive Chairman of the Galliard Group said: “Galliard has delivered one of London’s most outstanding 5-star hotels. With its iconic address and famous history, the hotel’s interior design cleverly references the building’s police and military past through the use of shields, emblems and historic details etched into glass and metalwork.”

Key features:

  • Hexagonal-shaped lever handles
  • Colonial-style lever to the bedroom areas
  • Bespoke ‘Elephant Head’ design pull handles
  • Bespoke shaped lever handle backplates to compliment detailing on door paneling
  • Bespoke-centered lock cases to suit
  • Differing sized concealed hinges to suit the door construction and weights
  • ‘Power transfer’ hinges for access control solenoid locks within the doors
  • Elephant shaped hooks
  • Bespoke ‘bent’ key shape hooks
  • Sliding and swinging door automation
  • Automatic acoustic drop-down seals to bedroom entrances
  • Skirting and corridor wall corner guards
  • Electronic RFID locker locks to the gymnasium area
  • Bar foot rail and brackets
  • Monogram ‘glass’ doorknobs with Great Scotland Yard logo
  • Sliding pocket door gear, including to suit single panel over 3m wide and 2.5m tall

Throughout the hotel we used a mixture of finishes, as well as differing styles, to distinguish between the multitude of areas. Hexagonal profile lever handles were chosen within the public areas accented with custom backplates to match the intricate door panelling whilst the Bedroom area ironmongery drew on inspiration from the hotel’s colonial heritage.

Concealed hinges to suit different door constructions and weights were used throughout and power transfer concealed hinges were used to facilitate the use of access control solenoid locks to communal security doors. Sliding pocket door gear was supplied to the accessible WC doors and to one single panel door within the basement exercise room which was over 3m wide and 2.5m tall. We also specified, supplied and installed sliding and swing automatic door operators including a sliding entrance door, where we also supplied the glass door that included the Great Scotland Yard Hotel brand monogram. For the gym area, electronic RFID locks to the lockers were supplied.

For “The 40 Elephants” bar/lounge, we worked with the architects/developer to design elephant head pull handles and hooks that were manufactured in an antique brass finish. At the bar itself, we included the foot rails and hooks to complement the interior.

Elsewhere we also commissioned bespoke centred lock cases, angled key shape hooks to en-suite doors, monogrammed glass door knobs to staff area drawers, skirting and corridor corner guards and corner brackets to bar areas and reception desks.

The little details were as important as the bespoke features, so elements such as these skirting and corridor guards to protect high traffic areas, covered euro escutcheons to conceal riser door cylinder locks and automatic acoustic drop-down seals to bedroom entrances were carefully considered and included in the specifications.

Both EPR (architects) and Galliard (developers) were keen to present an overall feeling of world class luxury throughout this hotel, through a mixture of new and original features, Calcutta marble flooring, crystal sculptures, chandeliers and custom-made materials.

Our work alone required the careful coordination of over 20 different suppliers over 18 months, predominantly within the UK and Europe, with the majority of bespoke architectural ironmongery elements manufactured in the UK.

This Grade II listed Edwardian building is a delightful example of how architectural ironmongers can enhance even the most complex hotel renovation projects.

Great Scotland Yard Hotel Gallery

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