The Le Meridien room refurbishment project commenced in June 2015 with an overall completion in July 2016. This project consists of 26 floors, seven room types and 419 keys. As the main contractor, ISG’s scope of work included all the interior finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure associated with bedrooms, bathrooms, corridors and lift lobbies.
The team introduced significant connectivity improvements that aimed to transform and reinvigorate guests’ experience. The new rooms offer a refreshed zest to the typical contemporary Le Meridien design and brand standard. One of the main briefing requirements was to increase levels of lighting and daylight within the room bays. Hence, the bathroom modules were stripped out and a new window aperture was introduced to the bathroom-bedroom division partition, which offers translucent light penetration into the bathroom.
To create a more vibrant experience for guests, white ‘volakas look’ tiles were applied to wall elevations and grey slate look tiles were applied to flooring. These tiles were overlaid on top of existing tiles to reduce the programme window, offer commercial savings and preserve the guests’ hotel experience through a reduction in the demolition content of the project. Within the typical deluxe and classic room bays, new rain shower facilities were introduced whilst retaining the existing shower locations. Within the premier rooms, the existing bath tubs were repolished whilst new rain shower facilities were created. Within the suites, a full reconfiguration of the bathroom footprint was undertaken with a view to optimising the new bathroom layout. New independent ‘island tubs’ were installed to form a centrepiece of the bathroom.
FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND EQUIPMENT (FF&E)
New bedside tables, lamps, study chairs, single seater sofas and new day/night curtains formed the standard fit-outs for the majority of rooms, whilst the suites also received new dining furniture and various antiquities.
All bedrooms received a new plaster ceiling pelmet that is backlit to improve levels of illumination. This involved the retention of a central slab soffit panel in the middle of the room and creation of a multilevel plaster ceiling and bulkhead detail.
The provision of new built-in joinery for wardrobes, bedhead panels, study desks, luggage racks and television wall panels formed the main fit-out components of the rooms. All built-in joinery typically consists of walnut veneers and a mixture of black galaxy and black forest marble was utilised. Within the bedhead panel, careful coordination of room technology and lighting controls was required whilst the main wardrobes required the integration of new switchboard panels. Carpet was installed on the floors throughout the deluxe, premier and classic rooms, whilst the suites received volakas ceramic tiles and hand-tufted rug overlays.
CORRIDORS AND LOBBIES
Corridors and lobbies received new set plaster ceilings, high gloss sprayed timber panels with architectural metalwork inlays and overlays, colour back glass and 42-ounce broadloom carpets and tiled border.
Location: Levels 10–35, Le Meridien Hotel, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Completion Date: July 2016
Number of Rooms: 419 keys
Owner: Daito Asia
Client: Le Meridien Hotel
Interior Design Firm: ZDR Sdn Bhd
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Consultant: Perunding ISD Sdn Bhd
Main Contractor: ISG plc
Images/Photos: Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur