NoMad Hotel, London

Ahead European Hotel of the Year winner

Andrew Peggram, Partner at Hoare Lea

Project Lead:
Andrew Peggram

Maximising unique heritage space.

The NoMad Hotel is located in the heart of Covent Garden, next door to the Royal Opera House. As the former Bow Street Magistrates Court, it has an illustrious and fascinating past.

Sensitive consideration.

This project saw this Grade II listed, 1800s magistrates court and adjoining police station completely refurbished. To transform it into a five-star luxury hotel complete with a club, ballroom and fine dining restaurants, we carefully implemented design features that modernised the space while protecting the building’s heritage.

With considerable constraints posed by the existing space, the site, and its neighbouring buildings, we had to find ways to maximise both the number of guest rooms and the capacity of the food and beverage offering.

An optimised space.

We ensured that project focused on delivering the best possible guest experience.
Through careful positioning of services, we were able to maximise the space. By reviewing the early concept sketches, we rationalised the rooftop plant arrangement to minimise the room and height required. This made it possible for three additional bedrooms to be added in the floor below. Through collaboration, we also developed an external plant design that was sensitive to the noise and air-quality constraints.

The hotel opens on 24 May and will no doubt become a much-loved London destination, welcoming guests from around the world and continuing the building’s legacy for years to come.

Image credit; Roman and Williams.

Key Figures
1800s magistrates court
Grade II listed
100 rooms