Art’otel, Battersea

Posted in Future on 22 October, 2015

Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) and art’otel have recently confirmed the signing of a hotel management agreement with lifestyle hotel operator art’otel. The hotel will be developed by Battersea Power Station and managed by PPHE Hotel Group.

Planned to open in 2019, the building is being designed by Foster + Partners and set around the historic Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station. The 160 plus -bedroom luxury lifestyle hotel will offer incredible guest amenities with a number of show-stopping skyline floors boasting panoramic views leading up to the stunning Roof Garden designed by the New York High Line team, James Corner Field Operations. This jewel in the crown features an outdoor rooftop pool and bar overlooking the iconic chimneys. Beneath the beautifully curated gardens a signature destination restaurant and double height bar with wraparound views across the Power Station and London skyline will become a favourite go-to destination in the area.

Guests will be welcomed by a public gallery; a multi-purpose creative space offering a rotating calendar of exhibitions, as well as cultural and artistic events supporting established and up-and-coming artists alike. With a lounge and café sitting alongside, the space will be a welcoming destination for guests and visitors to enjoy the ever – changing cultural offering. Battersea Power Station’s much-loved silhouette on London’s skyline will be transformed into a pioneering, creative and commercial destination within the emerging Nine Elms on the South Bank cultural district.

art’otel is a contemporary collection of hotels located in cosmopolitan centres across Europe that fuse exceptional architectural style with art-inspired interiors. With a powerful combination of world-class art from some of the world’s most exciting artists and best-in- class service delivered by a talented team, art’otel offers a hotel experience like no other. art’otel redefines the traditional hotel experience by allowing guests to live within the creative process, surrounded by captivating art. At the brand’s heart lies the art itself. The signature art’otel artist is yet to be revealed but is likely to be an acclaimed local or national artist.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company commented, “We are incredibly excited to be announcing this important transaction and for it to be with such an innovative hotel company. The selection process to find the right brand and operator was a very competitive and thorough one, involving the leading hotel brands from around the world. art’otel was a standout winner, a brand unlike anything we have seen in London to date, and it is particularly fitting for it to have art at the very heart of the brand and the hotel itself. I am confident that together with art’otel we will deliver a beyond expectations hotel.”

Boris Ivesha, President & Chief Executive Officer, PPHE Hotel Group added, “We are delighted to be a part of the London of tomorrow. The Battersea Power Station Development will transform London’s skyline; creating a new destination and hub for local communities, visitors and residents. As a Company we take pride in opening hotels, restaurants and bars in areas which are embarking on new urban and community journeys and the Battersea Power Station project is a spectacular example of this. art’otel perfectly complements the shareholders of Battersea Power Station’s vision and we look forward to working together to create a new chapter in London’s history over the next four years.”

The hotel’s design style will draw inspiration from the award-winning art’otel amsterdam, which fuses innovative design with urban, discussion-provoking art curated and created by Atelier van Lieshout; which opened in 2013. Sitting in the middle of the Battersea Power Station development art’otel will form the very heart of the new neighbourhood which will become one of London’s most vibrant new riverside destinations as well as a global attraction. Attracting a genuine mix of some of the most exciting global businesses alongside local British businesses and brands to occupy shops, offices and restaurants, A place is being created where people will live, work and visit 24/7 within a thriving new Battersea community.

art’otel will be an integral part of Phase 3, Electric Boulevard which is set within the £8 billion Battersea Power Station development project, Europe’s largest privately funded urban regeneration project which will, when complete deliver over 17,000 direct and indirect jobs at the development. Rafael Viñoly architect and masterplanner for the project designed the masterplan to allow a phased development approach which takes place from west to east.

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