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ME Hotel, London


International management and construction consultancy, Gleeds, has recently completed their role as project manager on the new ME London Hotel, the Strand. The multi-million pound scheme is the fifth ME development from Melia Hotels International, the Spanish hotel and resort operator, and the first UK venture from the brand. 
The project involved the construction of a new, flagship 157-bed hotel alongside the restoration of the adjacent 1904 Marconi House. The Foster + Partners designed building occupies a landmark site which completes the Aldwych crescent, formally the Gaiety Theatre and subsequently the first home of the BBC.

The newly luxury hotel boasts ‘the Suite ME’ which spans two floors in the turret of the building with access to the roof terrace. There is also a Radio Rooftop terrace bar which offers 270 degree panoramic views of London as well as a guest reception champagne bar on the first floor. The ground floor features the distinctive Marconi hotel lobby bar, as well as the STK and Cucina Asellina restaurants, plus extensive conference and banqueting and space at basement level.

The Project Management of the scheme drew on the Gleeds teams’ deep well of experience with a key objective being to marry the glorious architectural design of Marconi house with the installation of a brand new state of the art modern London hotel. The large number of distinctive bespoke features, some of which were specified as the project progressed, added to the challenge. Not least of which was the inclusion of a pyramid design for the first lobby area encased in White Marble.

Commenting on the scheme, Ian Gibson of Gleeds Management Services said; “We are delighted to see this exceptional hotel open to the public after a complex programme of construction which saw us utilise all of our experience in the leisure sector. Gleeds are proud to have been involved with this landmark project which will offer guests a truly luxurious experience in superbly designed surroundings”.