UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Integrated Building Design: NoMad London

03 December 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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Join UCL IEDE for the first webinar of our Integrated Building Design 2021-22 seminar series with Senior Associate at Hoare Lea, Iain Hughes.

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About the event

NoMad London is the latest example of a historic London icon revived and repurposed to give it a new lease of life as a luxury hotel. Formerly the infamous Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station, the building had been derelict and unused for nearly 15 years by the time its refurbishment began but is now complete and opened earlier in 2021.

This talk will give an insight into some of the design and engineering challenges faced when creating a high quality, high value hotel from a 19th century public building. How do you achieve good in room acoustics when guest rooms are sandwiched between bars, a night club and plant rooms? How do you escape safely from your room in a fire when there is a labyrinth of corridors to navigate? These are some of the issues we faced from the outset of the project.

With five commercial kitchens, 91 bedrooms and suites, five bars, a restaurant and numerous events spaces, all tightly packed into a grade II listed building with a multitude of levels, this project is about as complicated as it gets.

About the speaker

Iain has worked as a mechanical engineer in the built environment for nearly 15 years, working with Hoare Lea for the last ten. His current focus is in the hospitality sector, which has seen significant investment in recent years, even despite the pandemic. 

A large chunk of Iain's time is spent on design and problem solving, which is one of the most enjoyable parts of the job. He also has a keen interest in low energy and passive building design, for which there are more and more opportunities to apply these approaches nowadays. 

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