McAleer & Rushe Completes Brace Of Blackfriars Hotels For Accor

McAleer & Rushe has completed an innovative twin hotel scheme by London’s happening South Bank, at 46-49 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, for Accor Hotels.
The scheme which was forward funded by CommerzReal AG comprises a four-star Novotel with a two-star IBIS hotel to the rear.

Work began on the 14-storey, Consarc-designed scheme in November 2010. It is located just 100m from Southwark tube station it is convenient to London’s riverside attractions of the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre.

Novotel London Blackfriars includes 182 rooms, 12 business suites, six meeting rooms, a bar and restaurant and a full range of leisure facilities including a basement swimming pool. The new generation Novotel, is now open with lots of hi-tech gadgets to keep guests entertained, including restaurant tables fitted with televisions for lone diners and a multimedia table with iPads.

“It’s our best Novotel to date and represents the new generation of Novotels that we want to offer in the United Kingdom,”

said Thomas Dubaere, Accor’s managing director for the UK and Ireland.

The IBIS London Blackfriars has 297 bedrooms and is served by a bar and restaurant.

Accor Hotel Group chief operating officer Jean-Jacques Dessors said:

“This important development continues Accor’s strategic and ambitious expansion in the UK, particularly in London with the Novotel and IBIS brands.”

McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“This has been a very significant project for us to work on. Strategically it makes an important contribution to London’s hotel offering, and locally the finished scheme has made a very significant addition to the regeneration of the Blackfriars area which is now a very attractive location. We look forward to working with Accor and their development partners on further projects.”