Rave reviews for The Ned, where SCS did smoke control

A photograph of 27 Poultry where SCS Group carried out smoke control work. The former Midland Bank will open soon as 'The Ned'

The Ned Hotel (27 Poultry) where we have carried out smoke control work

A LUXURY hotel, where SCS Group carried out smoke control work, has been receiving rave reviews and much media coverage.

The Ned, located at Poultry, near to the famous Bank Junction in London, is a Grade I-listed building designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924.

Formerly the Midland Bank headquarters, its vault was famously used in the James Bond film Goldfinger. It has been transformed into the hotel by Soho House and Sydell Group and opened on May 2.

£2m renovation

The hotel, which comprises 252 bedrooms and nine restaurants, has taken four years and cost around £2million to renovate.

Amongst publications and websites featuring the new hotel are, Condé Naste Traveller, DestinAsian and Premier Hospitality International (see below – page 14-18).

Karina Varma, writing in Condé Naste Traveller, says: “If you’re here on work, watch the sun bathe the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in a pink and orange glow during your morning rooftop swim. And if you’re more of a night owl, you’ll love the intimate bars also housed at the top of the building. Whatever your inclinations, this hotel will cater to them. Because ultimately, The Ned is a little bit of everything. It’s a project of Vegas proportions with a cheeky Soho House twist. Despite its British elegance, there’s every encouragement to abandon all propriety and have a jolly good time.”

Star-studded launch party

A star-studded launch party at the end of April was featured by publications including Tatler and the Evening Standard and guests included Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Lowe and Claudia Winkleman.

Tatler reported: “There have been pre-launch dinners galore, all building up to this: the big one, the actual launch party for the Ned, the brand spanking new hotel from Soho House and the Sydell Group. London’s coolest arrived in droves to get a glimpse of the nine-restaurant, 252-room-behemoth in Bank.”

Smoke control at The Ned

SCS Group was brought in by Ardmore Group to design and install firefighting stairs on levels 1, 2 and 3 and smoke control in the basement on levels 1, 2 and 3.

A picture of one of the fans which forms part of SCS Group's smoke control system

One of the fans which forms part of our smoke control system

Our work has involved creating a standard shaft system, installing a mechanical system on each level with shafts to maintain tenable conditions in the common escape routes, stair vents to provide replacement air for the smoke shaft and dampers to prevent the smoke from spreading away from its origin.

After completing the design work in summer 2015, the necessary wiring and cabling was connected on site, working through the quirks of the building. Our work has also involved installing local and main control panels, fitting fans for the firefighting stairs and the basement and installing actuators on the windows, enabling their automatic opening and closing to ventilate smoke.

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