King’s College London scoops architecture award

King’s College London has scooped an architecture award for a hotel it recently developed in London’s popular Borough Market area.

King’s, one of the world’s top 25 universities, won Built Winner 2017 in the Hotels & Hospitality category of the New London Architecture (NLA) awards for its development of the hotel on Borough High Street.

The hotel was designed on behalf of King’s by LTS Architects and was one of 32 winning schemes in a shortlist of more than 150 projects.

The hotel, completed in spring 2017 and now operated by Premier Inn, was a commercial venture to support the university’s ambitious growth plans to 2020 and beyond.

King’s owns the site near Borough Market but due to the size and shape of the former buildings and restrictions on the Grade II listed property, the site was not suitable for academic usage so was re-developed to provide the hotel, three retail units and a residential flat and the creation of external public realm areas. A gym for King’s staff and students has also been included.

The development was financed by the sale of a 25-year income stream from Premier Inn and Tesco to Aviva.

Ralph Luck, King’s director of special development projects, said: “We’re proud to have transformed a prime London site in a Conservation Area, which was formerly marked by derelict, vacant buildings and unsympathetic modern additions into an award-winning development. The project is notable not only in its contribution to the streetscape and the Conservation Area, but for its significance to the redevelopment of the wider London Bridge area.”

The Borough High Street Hotel is a sensitive and sustainable redevelopment of a historic site, which was carefully considered by LTS Architects to be sympathetic to the sites’ early heritage. A first-floor gallery that resonates with the local inns, an exterior elevation that was designed to mimic the existing movement of the high street with subdivided sections, and the reintroduction of historic yards were all incorporated.

The architects, who are local to the area, were also responsible for hitting targets aimed at reducing energy use and carbon emissions. Sustainability was embedded throughout the design, starting with the responsive façade treatment, which uses deep reveals and external fins to prevent unwanted solar gain. The M&E system are highly efficient, allowing the main hotel to achieve an EPC rating of 23 (or A).

King’s has five campuses in central London consisting of more than 100 buildings ranging in age from the 1780s to 2015. Many are listed and of great architectural significance. The campuses house a diversity of spaces, including conventional classrooms, modern MRI scanners and two chapels. One of the university’s most significant recent expansions to its campuses came in 2015 and 2016 with the signing of four 50-year leases for the prestigious Bush House buildings on the Strand and Aldwych. In 2018 it will complete work on Science Gallery London at London Bridge, also designed by LTS Architects, which includes the regeneration of an historic courtyard.

Martin Fullard


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