Project Progress: Canopy hotel by Hilton, Aldgate London

Construction is well underway and nearing completion of the first Canopy hotel by Hilton in the UK, on this prime site in Aldgate, London.

The redevelopment of the site is an important step in the regeneration and expansion of the core fabric of the City of London eastwards beyond the confines of Aldgate.  With a view to re-structuring the fabric of this area due to its inconsistency both physically and socially, a masterplan has been developed which comprises some new construction alongside utilisation of existing buildings, whilst leaving the adjacent bus station unaffected.

Colorminium was engaged at early project concept stages to help develop an engineered buildable solution which met the various project stakeholders criteria, desires and aspirations.

Tom Bishop, formerly Future 54 commented:  “Colorminium were able to bring together an innovative design solution which satisfied the varying interests of the Project Team.  Through the development of a bespoke unitised design, Colorminium were able to deliver options to enable a fixed price to be agreed within a Cost Ceiling including programme betterment without compromising the Architectural intent.”

The hotel scheme itself is comprised of 3 blocks.  The first two, blocks A and B, have seen the existing façades removed leaving the superstructure remaining, whilst block C is a complete new build.  All 3 blocks have new facades based on an innovative bespoke unitised solution.  A key design aspect is the “iconic” feature fins, which not only act as shading devices to enhance the performance of the building, but also create a very dynamic appearance to contribute to the stunning architecture.

Complex cladding, large canopies and soffits are all other feature areas that challenged the team to ensure they could integrate them seamlessly into the architecture whilst achieving the overall intent.

This project is certainly a “stand out” for all involved.

Well done to the project team and thank you to all our partners as this landmark project concludes in its construction phase.