Woods Bagot has been appointed to restore and extend one of the most iconic, historic properties in the heart of Moscow – the Pekin Hotel – for operator Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Owner HALS-Development has instructed Woods Bagot’s lifestyle and hotel design team, headed by principals Rob Steul and Nathan Freebury, to undertake an extensive restoration programme for the historic property.
The design will re-emphasise and preserve the hotel’s character while bringing it up to date for today’s business traveller.
“The Pekin Hotel in Moscow is recognised as one of Russia’s most important historical and cultural buildings, having been designed in the “Stalinist” style of the post war years and honouring the friendship between the Soviet Union and China in the early 1950s,” said Steul.
“This project will draw upon Woods Bagot’s extensive experience of hotel design and our proposals will capture this building’s former grandeur while meeting the challenges of providing world-class facilities for operator Fairmont.
“Interesting features for the renewed hotel will be a bar located in the ‘Belvedere’ tower offering views over central Moscow, a large spa, new lobby and porte cochere, and a wintergarden featuring multiple food and beverage offers.
“We wish to return The Fairmont Pekin Moscow Hotel to a key destination in one of the World’s largest and famous cities.”
The Pekin was completed in 1955 to designs by Dimity Chechulin, one of the Soviet Union’s most famous architects and architecturally dominates Triumfalnaya Square. Woods Bagot will sympathetically restore the fine facade and internal spaces while extending the building with an architectural approach respectful of the period building.
The final hotel will include 236 spacious guestrooms and suites, 950 square metres of meeting and function space and a selection of dining venues and spa and fitness facilities. The hotel will be rebranded Fairmont Pekin Moscow and restoration will begin in December 2013.
Woods Bagot’s team already has significant experience of working on hotel design globally, including the Swissotel Moscow, the recently completed Eccleston Square Hotel in London’s Pimlico and approval to convert the Grade II* listed 10 Trinity Square at the Capital’s Tower Hill.