Northumberland House

Situated on Northumberland Avenue in London, this project involved the transformation and restoration of the Grade II* listed Northumberland House into a modern business hotel and student accommodation.  The project entailed adding 15 new stories over three separate wings. The building was built in 1878 as the Hotel Victoria and was occupied by the MOD for the last 60 years. The hotel comprises a 260 room Club QuartersTM hotel, 380 bed student accommodation for the London School of Economics and a separate restaurant, banqueting and conference facility.

Elementa provided full mechanical, electrical & public health design, together with energy and sustainability strategies and options appraisals. The challenge was to integrate modern services in a commercially viable way. Across all elements of the project the client was keen to reduce energy wastage & future operating costs whilst keeping the cost of installation on-budget. Existing air-conditioning & ventilation systems were carefully reviewed and upgraded with modern technology as part of the new scheme.

This delivered a saving in embodied energy as well as in installation cost. Elementa’s design scheme also delivered a number of simple and practical energy reduction measures. These included: improved air tightness, use of the Whitehall district heating system and effective easy-to-use control systems throughout the building. These measures helped to deliver energy usage well below the benchmark for a hotel of this size.

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