Project of the Week: Park Hyatt London River Thames

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Our Project of the Week is Hyatt’s first venture for its Park Hyatt brand in London, a US$79 million five star new build on the banks of the River Thames.  

An unusual destination for luxury living 

London’s first Park Hyatt will be located at One Nine Elms, in the south-west of London. The building’s SW8 postcode isn’t one typically associated with luxury, however the 42-storey tower promises unparalleled views across London. 

The One Nine Elms development will consist of two towers, one of which will contain the Park Hyatt complex, a 203-room Park Hyatt hotel and 103-room Park Hyatt-branded luxury apartments. 

The first 18 floors of the tower, which measures 160 metres in height, will house the Park Hyatt hotel. The 203-key hotel will feature a luxury spa, ballroom and clubhouse restaurant set above the hotel room floors. 

The complex is likely to benefit from a range of high-end leisure and business guests, being located just down the road from the US Embassy. 

Guan Zhixiong, chairman at R&F Properties, said the Nine Elms location was the “most exciting new neighbourhood in central London”. 

“Park Hyatt London River Thames Residences represents its most premium residential offering,” Mr Guan added. 

“The project is the culmination of expertise from world-class leaders in architecture, design and landscaping, creating a stunning destination for both residents and visitors alike, setting the benchmark for contemporary urban living, both in the UK and internationally. We look forward to welcoming our first residents and guests soon.”

The area is well connected by transport options along the River Thames, with the regular Uber Boat by Thames Clipper ferry service allowing guests to travel with ease through central London and beyond. 

For more conventional travel, Vauxhall train and Tube station is a five-minute walk away, as is the Nine Elms station, which opened in 2021. Exploring on foot is the best way to experience Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea, a Zone 1 London neighbourhood.

The Park Hyatt London River Thames Residences are also a stroll away from the majestic Battersea Power Station, which is now a luxury shopping and leisure hub. And the Thames can be enjoyed up close with a walk through Linear Park, the newly planted green space that stretches from Vauxhall Bridge to the former power station.

Understated design features

The Park Hyatt has adopted an understated approach to its interiors, with a contemporary design style from interior designers HBA, 1508 London and Super Potato complimented by world-renowned artwork by artists including Charlie Whinney. 

Renowned for his eco-friendly sculptures created from steam-bent wood, Whinney has created a bespoke wooden installation for the lobby of the Park Hyatt. Named Ebb and Flow after the nearby Thames, the piece will be an extraordinary celebration of the space, combining ash and copper materials for a celebration of the natural environment. 

The design was inspired by the surrounding river and parkland, with natural materials and textures like marble and oak flooring offset by touches of gold and carefully positioned lighting.

New York-based architecture firm KPF was also brought on board for the project, while LDA Design and Gillespies oversaw the landscape design for the building. 

Timeline changes

There have been several changes to the timeline of the Park Hyatt’s opening, with the original target date of completion set for 2022. 

However, funding issues forced the completion date to be pushed back to late 2023, after an extra £772m in additional funding was secured. 

The hotel is now set to open in mid-2024.