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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel


The works comprised the realignment of the road junctions around the hotel and Section 278/106 works associated with the redevelopment of the building into a luxury hotel.

The existing structures were waterproofed and new concrete works installed with retaining walls and other structures.

The hard landscaping consisted of shaped, raised planters in reinforced concrete, clad with shaped granite copings and wall cladding. The planters were soft landscaped with low growing shrubs, selected specimen trees and an up-lighting system.

The access road was re-aligned and forms a slip off the adjacent main road and roundabout at the bottom of Westminster Bridge. Stainless steel, anti-terrorist bollards were installed in a reinforced concrete ground beam and formed a barrier to the busy traffic.

G603 and G684 mid and light grey, granite paving stones and cladding were laid to high tolerances on the reinforced concrete ground slabs using a specialist bedding mortar, following the flowing lines of the raised planters.

The external piazza area in front of the hotel entrance boasts a bronze mushroom feature that contains LED uplights that shift in colour when the wind changes in direction, using a roof-based wind vane sensor.

A bronze statue has been moved from the nearby South Bank area into the main planter forming the core of the coach drop off area.

VolkerHighways were recognised at the 2010 BALI National landscape awards and presented a hard landscaping award for the project.

Facts and figures

  • Client
    W.W. Gear Construction Group
  • Contract Period
    June 2009 - January 2010
  • Contract Value
  • Project categories
    Civil engineering

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