Impressive canopies, manufactured by Andy Thornton, define the grand entrance to the 256-bedroom InterContinental London Westminster Hotel. Located only a short walk from Parliament and within sight of Westminster Abbey, this £150m investment by Supreme Hotels, has injected a fresh lease of life into the building. To complement the period architecture of the building, the hotel's designers Dexter Moren turned to Andy Thornton Ltd to provide a focal point for the hotel entrance, whilst complementing the listed facade.
The two canopies together measure 14 metres in length, with a projection of 1.9 metres. The wildly ornate end gallows brackets feature flat bar scroll detail and beaten embellishments in mild steel. The main framework was constructed in mild steel section and includes bespoke curved laser-cut frieze panels, returning at the ends. The metalwork is finished in high-performance polyester powder coat. Each roof comprises six shaped glass panels creating a crimped-effect. The overall effect is one of timeless elegance, combining period detail with modern materials and manufacturing processes.
Working closely with the building contractor, Shaca Construction Ltd, we fabricated the complete structure in our West Yorkshire workshops before dismantling and transporting to site for installation. Despite challenging restrictions to access, due mainly to the hotel’s central London location, the fixing team was able to install the complete structure bang on schedule.