Much of the building (seen here from behind) is still covered in scaffolding, with only the front portion of the exterior fully cleaned, a major contrast with some of the grimier sections elsewhere. A lot of work is being done on the interior courtyard (for an aerial shot, go here), with the restoration of the rotunda damaged in WWII-bombings being a key part.
We are looking forward to seeing the end result, which if the various statues and architectural detailing are anything to go by, could be rather beautiful.
Based on the difficulty of restoring a Grade-II listed building, its scale, and some of the shots visible in the construction updates pinned against the plywood surrounding the site, we’d guess opening will be summer to late next year.
Meanwhile, much less is visible of citizenM Tower Hill next door, the group’s future flagship. The above is from the exact same angle as the rendering we dug up back in March, which shows how early stages it is for the 370 room hotel.
If it were any other hotel, we’d doubt even the delayed 2015 window for opening, but remember this is a modular hotel, with all hotel rooms constructed offsite and then craned onto the building. The groundwork must be the most difficult part, given that directly underneath those white containers is the entrance to Tower Hill tube station.
Signs are proudly on display though, despite the awkwardly placed trashcan.
We’ll give both hotels the benefit of the doubt for the moment on their 2015 opening, if only because we’d rather see it sooner than later. Views from both should be interesting, especially citizenM higher up, with Tower Hill, Tower Bridge, and the south side of the river right out front.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]