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10.11.17 | Groundbreaking ceremony

On 2nd November, we held a wonderful ground-breaking ceremony at the site attended by VIP guests, media and the project team. The Duke of Westminster attended as Guest of Honour at the ceremony which was hosted by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited Chairman, The Honourable Sir Michael Kadoorie.

Speaking at the event, Sir Michael said: “This is an important day for our group. We were most pleased, after many decades of searching, to have found such a magnificent location for The Peninsula London hotel and residences. It is our vision that The Peninsula London shall be recognised as one of the finest hotels in the world. We will welcome international guests and showcase the best of British culture, design, art and cuisine combined with traditional warm Asian hospitality, while also ensuring that The Peninsula London is embraced as a prominent fixture in the community and equally beloved by local residents.”

HSH Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Mr Clement Kwok added: “The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels’ philosophy is to focus our business on a small number of hotels which are recognised as being amongst the best in the world. We emphasise quality rather than quantity and all our hotels are situated in the most prime locations in major international gateway cities. London is one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant cities, with a unique energy and culture, and we believe it has a most exciting future. The Peninsula London hotel and residences will set new standards in luxury and service and we believe they will be the finest in the London market when complete.”

10.11.17 | Construction update

Over the last month Keltbray have nearly completed the main demolition works. Cementation Skanska (CSL) have already started piling activities and a test pile has been commenced. CSL’s set up will include the delivery of piling rigs and mobile cranes. All significant deliveries will be agreed and coordinated with WCC and TfL.

Site cabins have been relocated and the main site entrance has been re-positioned on Halkin Street.

CSL’s early activities will include construction of the secant piled retaining wall and large bearing piles. These activities will continue into the New Year. Thames Water will move two of their water meters from Grosvenor Place and Grosvenor Crescent this month and we will work with them in order to keep the pavements open.

We are finalising proposals with TfL for our site accommodation gantry above the Grosvenor Place pavement. Enabling works are planned to commence this month and will include infilling the Victorian vaults underneath the pavement adjacent to the site, and infilling of the south side staircase to the subway.

Access to the subway from the north stair (Grosvenor Crescent end) will be maintained. All of these works will require closures to the Grosvenor Place pavement and pedestrians will be diverted into the first lane of the carriageway, which will be closed to traffic and safety barriers will be erected.

The inaugural session of the Construction Liaison Group (CLG) was held on 11 October, and was well attended by local resident and business groups.