EPR has transformed the listed Bow Street magistrates’ court and police station buildings into a colourful and exuberant hotel
EPR Architects for Bow Street Hotels
Contract value: Confidential
Bow Street magistrates’ court and police station had seen many failed attempts at redevelopment since their closure in 2006, and the two grade II listed Victorian buildings were on the Heritage at Risk Register. Their conversion into a 91-room luxury hotel took impressive effort and commitment.
Key moves include the insertion of a glazed roof over a courtyard to make a restaurant, the construction of new guest wings around it, and the excavation of two basement levels for plant. Much of the original fabric was retained and celebrated: the courtroom is now an event space, and the scheme incorporates a public museum telling the story of the buildings, complete with prison cells.
The fit-out has been carried out with verve, overlaying the characterful spaces with colourful, exuberant fixtures and finishes.