Ian Springford Architects: Apex Temple Court, LondonReception


Conversion of existing office to 4 star hotel


Apex Hotels Ltd


1-2 Serjeants Inn, City of London


Approx 20m


March 2012

Conversion of existing 1950s office building into 186 bedroom 4 star hotel with restaurant, bar and gym facilities. Work includes demolitions, major extensions, building fabric remodelling, interior design, fit out & furniture design. The project also involves retention and refurbishment of Grade 1 listed building for office use and to remain occupied throughout.

ISA identified the opportunity to partially demolish and extend the central wing to increase room numbers and to resolve operational, servicing and level issues.

The building falls within the Inner Temple Conservation area and detailed discussions were held with the planning and conservation departments to achieve this.

The proposals seek to maximise the impact of the guest's arrival from Fleet Street, through a listed classical courtyard, into a reception area that opens on to a sheltered central courtyard. This central courtyard, previously used for car parking, is turned into a integral part of the hotel, with the public spaces arranged around it.

The layout and design of the hotel celebrates the grandeur of the setting and the identifiable characteristics of the Inner Temple, allowing the guest a glimpse into the world of high court barristers for the duration of their stay.

The hotel opened on 1st March 2012.


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Conde Nast Magazine Best New Hotels in the World: Hot List 2013
Commendation, Scottish Design Awards 2012
Commendation, Edinburgh Architectural Association 2013
No 2 in Tripadvisor list of Hot New Hotels in Europe 2013
Finalist in 2013 Edinburgh Architectural Association for Ambassadors Award