Design and build conversion of the Grade II listed 1906 John Dixon Butler police station & magistrates court with the addition of a new build extension to the rear. Following the extensive renovation and careful extension, the development has transformed into a 193 bedroom 4-star plus hotel achieving a BREEAM Good rating, branded under Marriott’s Autograph Collection and includes 14 suites, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities.
The new build extension was built in an area to the rear which was the historic cell yard and the demolition of this paved way for the Provisioners restaurant and an additional 6 stories of guestrooms. The existing floor slabs in the former courthouse are made of clinker concrete therefore additional fire protection was added to the structure.
This hotel project is the definition of a successful restoration and conversion of a significant historic site and transformed into an active building which retains and exudes in so many different layers the original character and paying respect to its’ past.
Two cells were restored in the restaurant and the courtroom converted into a bar with the original judge’s bench and oak panelling retained. Most importantly, close attention was made in restoring the courthouse lobby as much as possible from the grand staircase and marble flooring, to the oak wood panelling and iron gate all being preserved and refurbished.
Situated between Tooley Street & Queen Elizabeth Street, the boutique hotel sits within the Tower Bridge Conservation Area and a mere 200m from the iconic Tower Bridge. The former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court was originally built in circa 1906 and is a Grade II listed, early 20th Century, three storey court building.