Boutique hotel set in landmark Greenwich building

By Rob Virtue on October 23, 2012 10:44 AM |

mercure9.jpg

A building that once provided accommodation for police officers has been transformed into a modern boutique hotel aimed at visitors to Greenwich and Canary Wharf.

A major refurbishment programme has seen the four-star Mercure London Greenwich open for business.

The works, at the 80-year-old formerly derelict Maurice Drummond House building, also saw the addition of two glass-fronted floors on top offering views of west Greenwich.

Stephen Willmore, of Assael Architects said: "The original building had become redundant and had suffered from vandalism. This was an exciting opportunity to refurbish, renovate and reuse an existing structure.

mercure.jpg

"We have been lucky enough to work with an imaginative client and enthusiastic project managers."

mercure2.jpg

The building, constructed in the '30s was named after Sir Maurice Drummond, a British soldier and senior officer in the Met Police. It housed police officers in its early years and won a Riba Bronze award in 1946 for its design.

The owners of the nine-floor, 145-room hotel are hoping to capitalise on the increase in awareness of the Royal Borough since the Olympics, as well as people visiting The O2.

It also sees itself as a more affordable option to Canary Wharf's hotels.

General manager Michael Rebeiro said: "This hotel has fantastic features and design touches but what makes it come alive is the team. We are passionate about our guests, we simply reflect the attention to detail and personality of this land mark."

mercure7.jpg

Go to mercure.com.