Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £30 million citizenM London hotel scheme

9 August 2013


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces the award of the £30 million London hotel scheme for the citizenM hotel group.  

The nine storey hotel will comprise of 370 luxurious modular bedrooms over eight floors, a ground floor cafe, bar, living room spaces and a SocietyM business club on the eighth and ninth levels.

Traditional construction methods will be used to construct the basement and ground floor. Modular methods will be introduced to levels one to eight with the hotel rooms formed by double length pods with integral corridor sections. These will be constructed and fully finished off site and then craned directly into place by tower cranes. These modular construction methods help to reduce on site construction times and minimise safety hazards.

The new building will be constructed over the exit hall of the Tower Hill London Underground Station.  The works will also include two new step free access routes, lifts to the station platforms, and re-landscaping of the adjacent public open space.  The uninterrupted operation of the London Underground station is of paramount importance and a combination of regular liaison and operational techniques will be employed by Balfour Beatty to reduce the potential impact of the works.

Located in close proximity to the Tower of London, the site overlooks the world heritage attraction and has the remains of an ancient Roman wall running past it that will be protected throughout the construction phase.  A fully boarded and covered scaffold frame will encase the Roman wall for the duration of the works, and an exclusion zone will be created to protect the wall from the movement of site plant and equipment. Extensive external works to the hotel and environ of the station will complete the development.

The Trinity Square development will be the flagship citizenM hotel and is designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. The main works of the hotel are programmed for completion in autumn 2014.


Media enquires to:
Sharon Willis
Head of External Communications & PR
Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
t:   +44 (0)20 7963 2144
m: +44 (0) 7703 316998


Trinity Square Development (Tower of London)

Notes to Editors:

1. citizenM (, the 'smart luxury' hotel group, has the ambition to further expand its portfolio in London. Target areas include Victoria, Paddington, Marylebone, Kings Cross, Noho, Soho, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Midtown as well as Canary Wharf. 

2. citizenM is flexible with respect to suitable sites and can work with new-builds, redevelopments of existing buildings, form part of mixed-use projects or can convert existing hotels. citizenM can act as owner-operator (e.g. buy turnkey, take a ground lease or purchase freehold) or just operator under an operating agreement (lease/management contract). The group is open to partnerships with land-owners, developers or investors. citizenM can work with buildings and development volumes ranging from 30,000 square feet GFA to 100,000 square feet GFA.

3. Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business is a leading integrator of complex, sophisticated and innovative projects that improve the UK’s national infrastructure and an experienced provider of local and regional projects that help build lasting communities. We offer a broad range of capabilities in construction, civil engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering services. With offices throughout the UK, we deliver a locally-focused service with the support of our national network of expertise and resources. Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business employs 10,000 people. 

4. Balfour Beatty is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance. Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK, the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We continue to develop our business in key growth markets in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil and India.

With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors include transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.

Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world. 

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