Balfour Beatty has won a contract to build a £30m near the Tower of London for the CitizenM hotel group.
The nine-storey hotel, due for completion in autumn next year will include 370 bedrooms over eight floors, a ground floor cafe, bar, living room spaces and a SocietyM business club on the eighth and ninth levels.
Traditional construction methods will be used to construct the basement and ground floor, but the company says to reduce time and improve safety modular methods will be introduced to levels one to eight with the hotel rooms formed by double length pods with integral corridor sections. These will be constructed and fully finished off site and then craned directly into place by tower cranes.
The new building will be built over the exit hall of the Tower Hill London underground station. The works will also include two new step-free access routes, lifts to the station platforms, and re-landscaping of the nearby public open space.
The site overlooks the world heritage attraction and has the remains of an ancient Roman wall running past it that will be protected throughout the construction phase. A fully boarded and sheeted scaffold frame will encase the Roman wall for the duration of the works, and an exclusion zone will be created to protect the wall from the movement of site plant and equipment. Extensive external works to the hotel and the environs of the station will complete the development.