The Curtain Hotel

  • Dates
  • Sept 2017
  • Project Value
  • £500k
  • Services
  • Hotel refurbishment

The Curtain Hotel

  • Dates
  • Sept 2017
  • Project Value
  • £500k
  • Services
  • Hotel refurbishment

Introduction

Franklin Gilmore undertook the commercial joinery fit out of a this modern and edgy 5* Hotel project in the Shoreditch area of London. With nine floors of bedrooms, a rooftop bar / pool and 3 subterranean floors for the private members club and hotel function rooms, this was our biggest fit out project to date with Bouygues UK.

Description of works

The Curtain Hotel is in the Shoreditch area of London. It is a large, 120 bed hotel and private members’ club built to the high specification of its owner Michael Achenbaum, bringing the feel of New York to London & successfully attracting a high-end clientele.

The vision was for a luxurious, no expense-spared hotel with well-appointed bedrooms, a cinema room and swimming pool replete with a huge retractable roof.

The main contractor on the job, Bouygues UK, is a firm that we had worked with for over six years already. This was the biggest and most challenging job that we’d been asked to partner them on so far, taking fifteen months in total to complete.

Our involvement in the project started 12 months prior to the work on site, at the design stage. We were consulted on our ideas for a really high-end finish, and to ensure that the work could be carried out on time and within budget.

This was a beast of a job! It consisted of installation of pre-hung door sets, glazed shower screen, skirtings, window boards and second-fix joinery. This was joinery on a massive scale and to an extremely high standard.

David remained on-point to co-ordinate a large team of sub-contractors and ensure that the main contractor was in the loop. He was problem solving on an hourly basis, as Bouygues frequently came to Franklin Gilmore for our advice and expertise.

The challenge

The Curtain Hotel project was effectively split as if it was two projects in one. The first of these were the hotel function areas, reception and the sub-terranean levels; the second being the bedrooms and rooftop pool & bar.

Each of these levels held their own unique challenges and client management teams to respond to. The first level including some bespoke, high-spec features such as the timber acoustic partition units in the Red Rooster Restaurant to create a secondary acoustic barrier, and a drop-down bar for evening-only use, powered by large piston hinges.

The upper level needed us to manage just-in-time deliveries for door sets and glazing, all of which had to be installed via extremely tight access points. It also included the installation of a ‘Rollacover’ retractable roof system that was specified by the American client who literally stood watching in Stetsons whilst the roof was emplaced.

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All of this meant that communication across the project was key. Co-ordination with suppliers, clients, contractors and sub-contractors needed to be precise. We knew that these relationships needed to work seamlessly if we were going to deliver to the requisite standard.

Key Achievements

This was a big one! The sheer scale of the project could have been overwhelming were it not for the planning that we put into it prior to starting.

Seeing the project come together over time was hugely rewarding. This was the culmination of an important and growing relationship with Bouygues, so the fact that our part in the project continued to grow throughout is testament to the trust that we were granted. We didn’t simply complete the job; we delivered a project that surpassed the brief in many areas.

Franklin Gilmore Ltd have successfully completed the internal joinery fit out package at The Curtain Hotel under a JCT 2011 Design and Build Subcontract. The final contract value was in excess of £525k. A £28m project for Bouygues UK, the Curtain Hotel is a 120 bedroom luxury hotel and private members’ club in Shoreditch, London, which handed over to our client in May 2017. Having worked with Franklin Gilmore Ltd on numerous projects before, they approached this project with high levels of professional, management and workmanship which satisfied the high standards required by both ourselves and our client. They were able to assist with additional works beyond their original scope to ensure the project handed over successfully. I would have no hesitation to recommend them for future projects.

Geoffroy Bieth, Project Manager