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Balfour Beatty to build hotel from pods

12 Aug 13 Balfour Beatty has won the contract to build a £30m London hotel scheme for the CitizenM hotel group.

The nine-storey hotel will comprise 370 luxurious modular bedrooms over eight floors, a ground-floor cafe, bar, living room spaces and a business club on the eighth and ninth levels.

Traditional construction methods will be used to construct the basement and ground floor. Modular methods will be introduced to levels one to eight with the hotel rooms formed by double length pods with integral corridor sections. These will be constructed and fully finished off site and then craned directly into place by tower cranes. The modular construction methods have been chosen help to reduce on-site construction times and minimise safety hazards.

The new building will be constructed over the exit hall of the Tower Hill London Underground station. The work will also include two new step-free access routes, lifts to the station platforms, and re-landscaping of the adjacent public open space.

The site overlooks the Tower of London and has the remains of an ancient Roman wall running past it that will be protected throughout the construction phase.

The main works of the hotel are programmed for completion in autumn 2014.

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