New five-star hotel to open at Heathrow

23 Apr 2009 by Mark Caswell

Approval has been granted for Foster and Partners' design for a 13-storey new-build hotel on Heathrow’s Bath Road.

The design firm says the property will feature a flexible 1,200-capacity ballroom, two auditoriums and a large conference room, as well as health centre with swimming pool, gym, saunas and treatment rooms.

The hotel will be built on the Airport Bowl site, a bowling centre located on the Bath Road opposite the Premier Inn Heathrow Airport. The centre will be reinstated within the new building at basement level, and will remain a public facility.

The hotel is being developed by Riva Properties, and the design includes a “distinctive layered glass shell, which floods the public spaces with daylight and contributes to a highly efficient energy strategy”. Rooms will be housed within six “pavillions”, linked by bridges and “wrapped in a unifying glass envelope”, designed to act as a barrier against aircraft noise.

Several floors of the hotel will be sunk below ground level, with the entrance lobby featuring a floating glass deck with views down to the sunken restaurant level, a shallow pool and waterfall.

For more information visit, and to read Business Traveller’s update on hotel developments at Heathrow, click here.

Report by Mark Caswell

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