From one of the world's foremost interior decorators to top architects and prominent historians, Admiralty Arch's next 100 years is being curated by an award-winning advisory team.
David Mlinaric CBE
Eminent decorator & co-founder MHZ
“The intention behind the interior design is to answer, and where needed for the new purpose, to enhance Sir Aston Webb’s distinguished, Edwardian, classical architecture and in so doing, to present a series of traditional, English rooms. The decorations are more colourful and more in keeping with late 20th century and early 21st century taste. The furnishings are a mixture of antique and contemporary for reasons of styling and comfort. In this way, it will be quite unlike any other London hotel.”
David Mlinaric is the founder with Hugh Henry of Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi (MHZ London) and has been designing homes and working on commercial projects around the world since 1964. Past projects have included London’s National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Opera House, Spencer House, the Aurelio Hotel in Lech and British Embassies in Washington and Paris.
Co-Founder of design firm MHZ
Hugh Henry is a the co-founder of design firm Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi, which has epitomised British good taste for a generation and continues to do so. Hugh Henry has worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Henry has also worked for Lord Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor and Spencer House. Henry is as much interior archaeologist as interior designer.
“This is a really unique opportunity, a rare situation where you get a building of this level of state importance and actually take that type of building and create something fabulous. It will be very purposefully designed as a signature world class hotel”
Michael Blair has undertaken the major restoration and extensions to a selection of London’s leading 5-star hotels. These include, the Connaught, Claridges and the Ritz. Blair Associates’ experience and track record, together with their approach and knowledge of designing luxury hotels within prominent landmark buildings, are invaluable.
Dr. Chris Miele FRHS FSA
expert in heritage projects
Leading heritage expert Dr Chris Miele has worked on some of the largest development and regeneration projects in London, and Montagu Evans is one of the most highly regarded companies for providing technical expertise to heritage projects in central London. Dr Miele enjoys an excellent relationship with both Westminster City Council and with English Heritage and his specialist team has extensive experience of negotiating consent for substantial alterations to Grade I listed buildings. His London-based portfolio includes Westminster Abbey, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum and The Ritz.
Consultant in historic interiors
“Being given the opportunity to be involved in the restoration of this landmark building also carries a huge responsibility to do it well. The work we do now will be looked at closely in the future and we have a duty to do it with the closest attention to detail as possible”
Andrew Damonte has more than 20 years’ experience in interior decoration and has worked extensively for Piers von Westenholz. Andrew’s unique skills have enabled him to work on Grade I listed buildings and major country houses, including Tyringham Hall. He worked closely alongside David Mlinaric on the decoration and the restoration of Dumfries House after the Prince of Wales saved the house for the nation.
Ramon Pajares OBE
Renowned hotel operator
Ramon Pajares spent 22 years with Four Seasons where he was a General Manager and a Regional Vice President. In 1994 he was invited by the Savoy Group to take over the group as its Managing Director. During five years at the Savoy Group, he revitalised the company and achieved the reestablishment of the group as the pre-eminent luxury hotel company in the world. During those five years he also planned and managed the major refurbishment of five hotels with great success – the Savoy, Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Berkeley and the Lygon Arms. Since retiring from the Savoy Group, Ramon has advised various well-selected individuals and companies on a number of areas within the industry.
Non-Executive Director - Finance
Colin has been involved in providing strategic advice and guidance throughout 2018. Colin was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1970. He practiced as a specialist in business structuring and tax planning and became a senior partner of his central London practice in the 1980s. From 1998 until March 2018 he was Deputy Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Delancey which is the principal adviser to the Delancey property funds which held several billion pounds of property investments and developments in the UK.
Colin is a non-executive Chairman of the City of London Group and also a non-executive director of Alpha Plus Group Plc and Minerva Ltd, as well as being a trustee of several charities.
Dr. John Martin Robinson FSA
Architectural historian and officer of arms
“Aston Webb’s great achievement was to design a traditional triumphal arch which also contains a large office / residential building. The grandeur of the architecture is matched by the ingenious plan which turns the axis from busy Trafalgar Square to the ceremonial tranquillity of the Royal Park and the approach to the palace.”
Professor John Martin Robinson is a leading architectural historian who has written 28 books including the definitive history of James Wyatt, architect to George III. He is an architectural writer for Country Life. He worked for the Greater London Council Historic Buildings Division for 12 years. He has been very active in the Georgian Group where he founded The Casework Committee. He is also Maltravers Herald Extraordinary and Librarian to the Duke of Norfolk.
Ron Slade, Director at WSP, has been at the company for more than 50 years and is one of the founding members of the team behind WSP’s success story. WSP’s projects include the Ministry of Defence, the Supreme Court Building, Cabinet Office, Downing Street, The Bulgari Hotel, The Ritz extension, 199 Knightsbridge, 45 Park Lane, the Shard and now Admiralty Arch.
Managing Director, GDA
‘GDA have acted as Security Consultants for the Admiralty Arch project from the early bidding stage. From the outset we have consulted with security stakeholders in the Cabinet Office, Metropolitan Police and Government Security Agencies to deliver a security strategy that protects the building and the adjoining Government properties. GDA are pleased to support Prime Investors Capital in their stated goal to deliver the safest and most luxurious hotel and residences in London’