BECK CONVERTS FORMER BOW STREET MAGISTRATES COURT INTO FIRST UK LOCATION FOR NOMAD HOTELS
The former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station, in London’s Covent Garden, is now the official home to the first NoMad hotel outside of the USA.
For this project, BECK worked in close collaboration for the first time with the Sydell Group and EPR Architects. The former magistrates court and police station were converted into luxurious guest suites with hardwood floors and carrara marble. Beautifully designed by Roman and Williams.
The NoMad hotels are famed for their understated luxury and residential comfort. Their ethos is to create hotels as great homes, layered with stories. NoMad London has drawn inspiration from the grade II-listed building it inhabits and the rich history of the local area. It also explores the cultural connections between London and New York.
The project faced significant challenges to create additional space within the existing footprint. This included the excavation and formation of three new basement levels, major demolition, rebuilding works and a glass roofed atrium, all working within a retained period façade.
A number of food and beverage offerings in each location is something the NoMad group is known for. BECK fitted out the stunning ‘NoMad Restaurant and Bar’, inside a glass atrium flooded with natural light. ‘Side Hustle’ is based on traditional British pub styling and finally, this London location features the first NoMad cocktail lounge, ‘Common Decency’.
BECK completed the final scheme with high-quality finishes and attention to every detail. The joinery for all hotel bars and a stunning bespoke library were manufactured in-house, at our own joinery workshop.
Edward Kent, Board Director at BECK says: ‘’It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this fantastic new client and bring a new lease of life to an iconic building. The team are extremely proud of what we have achieved for NoMad London. The restoration of culturally valuable, listed buildings in built-up, central London always present huge challenges but this is what we thrive on. For this project we used a wide variety of construction techniques to retain the façade, create new basement levels and install new lift shafts. The long-standing experience of our on-site teams means we have a vast pool of knowledge to solve even the most complex of issues, which are often thrown up mid-build, when timings are critical.”
With a blend of both heritage and new build, this significant building has received an exciting, new lease of life. The NoMad London truly is something special!