Situated on the South Bank in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, the LaLit London occupies the former home of renowned London grammar school St Olave’s. The school was built in two phases between 1894 and 1896, and was the grand design of Edward Mountford, the eminent Victorian architect behind such iconic buildings as the Old Bailey and Sheffield Town Hall. It housed St Olave’s until 1968 when the school relocated to its present home in Orpington; in 1972 it received Grade II Listed status.
Reed Harris worked alongside EPR Architects and tiling contractors Image Tiling to supply over 2000 square metres of wall and floor tiles for the 70 guest bathrooms along with a beautiful mother of pearl mosaic ceiling in the ground floor bar. The clients brief was to create a luxury boutique hotel redolent of Indian opulence, combined with the charm of an old-fashioned English school.
EPR specified our Novelda El Pais Cream 200x65mm for the bathroom wall tiling and a bespoke waterjet cut elliptical matt back and white mosaic using colours selected from our RH Concept range for the floors. All the mosaic pieces were mounted onto mesh and supplied as sheets for easier installation on site. The setting out of the mosaic was critical to ensure whole sheets were used and Image Tiling expertly adjusted the size of the matching black border surrounding the mosaic to ensure that the pattern worked.
For the mosaic ceiling in the bar area our Harmonie Design Freshwater 20x20mm Mother of Pearl mosaic was selected. This was supplied as paper faced sheets and left ungrouted. The mosaic provides a stunning highly reflective ornate finish which sits perfectly in the traditional surroundings of the bar.