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Qbic Hotel arrives in style


work everywhere and the firm are continually looking for sites to develop. LabordusProjects


is


bic Hotel London has been unveiled in the city’s thriving financial zone. The hotel comprises of 171 rooms and has cost £5 million in total. The project has seen the transformation of an office block into


an innovative, vibrant new hotel venue for business people and tourists alike. Premier Hospitality caught up with Qbic Hotels Managing


Director, Paul Janmaat, to find out more about the Qbic brand and their newest venture. Paul said the office building had been built and decorated in the 1970’s and was in need of an overhaul. He added: “We started work on site at the beginning of April 2013 and


transformed the venue into a hotel in six months. The grand opening occurred on the 19th October and since its unveiling we have had a very high occupancy rate; with 98% of the hotel’s rooms being occupied at all times.” With only one other Qbic Hotel in Amsterdam, Paul and the Qbic


team are keen to keep expanding. Paul is eager to introduce Qbic hotels to every major city in the world, but hopes to find more locations in London first. He feels the Qbic concept itself can


specialist project de-


signer, overseeing and advising on projects, taking them from conception through to reality. Working with its partners, LabordusProjects de- velops inspiring and sustainable working, living and recreation areas. For the Qbic Hotel, LabordusProjects was responsible for


the complete management,


consultancy and delivery of key aspects of the scheme. The company was responsible for the lobby, entrance, the corridors, flooring and cur- tains including the loose furniture for the rooms. Ebe Labordus, LabordusProjects, said: “This project was special because it provided


us with the opportunity to demonstrate our way of working in the UK instead of our domestic market the Netherlands.” The London project began with a complete


strip out of the interior office space. Main con- tractors A J Contracts then continued to install the infrastructure of the building including the water, gas, ventilation and drainage. The partitioning, floor finishes and wall finishes


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