The Great Eastern Hotel

The Manser Practice Architects , London, 2000


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Stained glass inside dome 

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  • Stained glass inside dome    
  • Manser    
  • A canopy marks the new reception area- previously the grand hotel entrance was significant by its absence    
  • By burrowing into the 1901 building Manser has created a new double height enntrance hall toplit by a lightwell which rises the whole height of the building    
  • Dining room    
  • Many of the Victorian features have been retained    
  • Double height entrance hall    
  • Bedrooms are arranged around either the lightwell to the restored 1884 restaurant or the new atrium space    
  • Structure    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground Floor Plan     
  • First floor plan    
  • Typical floor plan    
  • Diagram to show existing building    
  • Diagram to show proposed building    
  • Key elevation, key cross section and sketch of mansard roof    
  • Detail section through mansard roof    

Refurbishment, restoration and enlargement of a dilapidated Grade II listed Victorian railway hotel

The hotel has been refurbished, with one hundred and sixty additional bedrooms and a relocated main entrance. A naturally lit atrium is the heart of the project, from which arteries have been drawn out to all of the other principal spaces, providing order to the interior.

To turn an awkward and confusing building into a workable hotel while respecting the best interiors has involved complex structural works. Extensive demolition at the heart of the building, new build construction in both steel and reinforced concrete, and the insertion of openings in the delicate historic fabric to fulfill modern servicing requirements.


  • Begun: Jun 1997
  • Completed: Mar 2000
  • Floor area: 25,600m2
  • Sector: Hotel
  • Total cost: £65M
  • Tender date: May 1997
  • Procurement: Construction Management
  • Address: 40 Liverpool Street , London, EC2M 7QN‎, United Kingdom

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