The Langham Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Aurecon provides structural engineering and building services for iconic hotel

The Langham Hotel is an iconic a five-star hotel in the Sydney Rocks precinct of New South Wales, Australia. 

The hotel required a refurbishment in 2014 and closed its doors to undertake the major transformation. Some of the redevelopment’s objectives included exposing harbour views from the hotel's public spaces, elegant interior furnishings and design, new event spaces and new state of the art conference facilities, among other upgrades. 

Aurecon was tasked with all the building services and structural engineering associated with the upgrade of the ground floor and upper level guestrooms.

On the ground floor, the majority of the building services were reduced to bare minimum and new services designed to respond to the new architecture. Extensive cabling and hydraulics diversions allowed a number of existing walls and columns to be removed, resulting in a more open ground floor plan. Aurecon’s structural team designed the extensive steelwork and column strengthening to allow existing columns to be removed and to open up the function spaces.

Aurecon was involved in the early stages of the project feasibility with Cox Architecture to determine how the project vision can be realised. Following an extensive scheme design phase, the project commenced detailed documentation.

The design illustrated the need for a close working relationship with the Cox Architecture and the Langham's internal concept architect, GA Design, who were based in London. Aurecon worked with both architectural firms to come up with a design that responded to the clients’ vision that remained within the client’s budget expectations. 

The design allowed for the construction phase to be minimised to three months, at which point the hotel was closed to facilitate safe construction with the least amount of disruption to guests. 

The result was the grand transformation of a modern, luxury hotel in Sydney that is able to respond to the changing needs of its guests. The hotel now has a high-end residential feel showcasing Australian art, stylish features and timeless spaces.

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