UK: The Great Northern Hotel in London’s King’s Cross is set to open next month following a £40 million refurbishment.
The privately owned 1854 Grade II listed building, which was the first of London’s classic railway hotels, has been closed for 12 years, but is set to open in April.
It has been restored by owner-operator Jeremy Robson of Ram, who said: “The restoration and re-opening of the Great Northern Hotel has been a dream of mine for many years. I saw the quality in the original architecture and realised what a careful renovation could contribute to the major regeneration being undertaken at King’s Cross. The hotel has an enchanting beauty and enjoys the most spectacular of locations in one of London’s most exciting neighbourhoods. I wanted to re-create something of real and lasting value; a London landmark that would serve visitors and Londoners alike.”
Construction company Mace acted as the 91-room hotel’s design and build contractor and also contributed to the funding of the project. David Archer and Julie Ann Humphryes, co-founders of Archer Humphryes Architects were commissioned to execute the concept and interior design of the hotel.
Mace Chairman Stephen Pycroft said: “As co-investor and contractor, I am delighted that we have played a considerable part in the restoration and transformation of such a significant London landmark. The team have excelled themselves in the challenge of restoring the hotel to its former glory.”
The hotel houses a 90-cover restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk, and the GNH Bar which takes up almost the entire ground floor and opens directly into the new western concourse of King’s Cross Station.