One Bishopsgate Plaza


5* luxury hotel and apartment build in the heart of London, 200 wetroom drains installed using POD construction.

Location: EC2M

Completed: 2020

Sector: Residential and Hospitality

Architect: MSMR

This is a mixed-use, 43-storey tower in the heart of the City of London. It comprises a 237-room, 5* luxury hotel and 160 apartments or ‘Sky Residences’. Soaring above the city from level 21 to 41, the sky residences have unique views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Incorporating luxury apartments, private amenities and Pan Pacific Hotel, London’s new landmark tower is set to become the new statement for sophisticated modern living.

The challenge

Working closely with the architects, Wetroom Materials and MSMR agreed on the use of Unidrain wetroom linear drains, which were to be installed into prefabricated PODs before being transported to the project site and lifted into place. Due to the versatility and range of drainage options made available by Unidrain, a wetroom design was able to be made that kept within the parameters of the POD construction. The use of POD fabrication meant the project timescale was reduced and work efficiency increase. Wetroom Materials and the POD manufacturer were able to work together to find a solution that matched both the architect and contractor’s design expectations and allowed for the installation to be completed in a timely manner.

The solution

In keeping with the high-end nature of the project, the selection of materials and finishes use within the project provide an elegant design response, appropriate to the context of the surrounding city. A total of 200 Unidrain linear drain units were installed onto this project, all featuring the popular Unidrain Wall Mounted HighLine Custom drainage finish. By using the HighLine Custom finish, the tile can be laid directly on top of the drain, creating a seamless and discrete drainage channel. Many high-end projects opt to use the HighLine Custom finish within the wetroom designs as it allows for the tiles and other aesthetic features to provide a tranquil and relaxing space that isn’t interrupted by the drainage channel and other functional aspects of the build.

The luxurious Pan Pacific London will provide a facility unmatched in scale and quality by any existing hotels in the area. The Pacific Ballroom will be the Square Mile’s first dedicated ballroom, hosting banquets for up to 370 guests. The provision of top-quality meeting and events space, including the double-height ballroom, together with the other public functions of the hotel will support the city’s function as a centre for international business.

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