Lema UK Contract for the new luxury hotel opening of “Great Scotland Yard” by Unbound Collection (Hyatt)

After having supplied the world-famous Hotel Lutetia in Paris, Lema Contract has been awarded with a new, prestigious project through its UK branch; furnishing the 153 rooms of the exclusive five-star hotel Great Scotland Yard in London, one of the most awaited hotel openings of this year. The opening is expected to be in the summer, after a complete renovation, which took more than three and a half years by the well-known developer Galliard Group together with Twenty Fourteen Holdings and the participation of LuLu Group.

Great Scotland Yard will be the first hotel in Britain to be part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, which groups together hotels with individual and unique characteristics around the globe. Great Scotland Yard Hotel is situated in the exclusive area of St James, a few steps away from Westminster, and is characterised by the distinctiveness of its location: the historical building has hosted in the past the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police. During the grey and foggy Victorian era, policemen would begin their shifts from this very building. Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who followed the policemen searching for inspiration for their novels paced the corridors. Often featured in books and films, the buildings’ history dates back to Tudor times when it was used as the embassy for the Scottish Royal Family during their visits to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, who both resided in the nearby Whitehall Palace, and from this the name Great Scotland Yard was born.

Entering the building is a voyage back in time thanks to the refined stylistic details – shields and glass and bronze emblems recall its prestigious history. The hotel features a refined restaurant, a “secret” whiskey bar that recalls the 20s era of prohibition, a library, a gym, a cocktail bar, a Palm Court hall and a ballroom.

Designed by EPR Architects, Lema has looked after the designing, developing and installation of the fixed furnishings in the bedrooms, supplying the bespoke wardrobes, TV units, wooden bathroom furnishings and the doors of both rooms and corridors. This reconfirms once again the great capacity to manage tailor—made supplies of furnishings corresponding to the technical and stylistic requests of the architects.

Angelo Meroni, President of Lema comments: “Great Scotland Yard reconfirms once again our versatility in the Contract sector. The expertise formed in over 50 years of business and the added value of having an organised structure on the territory means that we can satisfy the technical and stylistic requests of every project, even the most challenging ones such as Lutetia and Great Scotland Yard. Our advantage lies in the capacity of interpreting the architects’ view guaranteeing customised solutions, whilst integrating the different skills required which is perfectly expressed in the motto of Lema Contract: You Think We Make.”

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