Premier Inn Blackfriars

2012 1-2 Dorset Rise

The Brief

To convert an existing 1930s office building (which had subsequently been re-clad and remodelled in the 1980s) into a brand compliant hotel fit for the 21st century.


Initial feasibility studies explored the potential to maximise bedroom accommodation within the existing building and establish a workable servicing strategy for the site.

Design & Build

Axiom Architects worked closely with the main contractor Ardmore Group Ltd as novated architects and lead consultants for the project. The development followed an extremely tight timescale with initial hotel phase taking just 10 months from start on site to completion. The subsequent extension was then carried out once the hotel had opened, with works carefully planned to minimise disruption to the hotel.

The Results

The finished building provided Premier Inn with a flagship hotel, their first in the City of London. The creation of new entrances and remodelling of the courtyard served to create a new public space whilst improving accessibility.