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Four Thousand Shining Lights: ROC and the Hilton London Bankside

For all of its claims to history, London might be the most constantly-updated city anyone could have the pleasure to walk through. New developments seem to squeeze themselves in between already-existing buildings while you weren’t looking, like a commuter elbowing their way onto the underground during the early morning rush.

Hilton London Bankside Lighting

What a breath of fresh air it is then to walk along an area as exclusive as the bankside and still see a brand new establishment with room to breathe. This rare sight is ROC’s newest hotel project: The Hilton Bankside, a moment’s walk away from The Shard and the Tate Modern gallery.

Designed over a period of two years and with a gruelling fifteen month development, ROC’s team worked hand in hand with Hilton’s own design staff to see the project to completion. ROC Operations Director Brian McCloskey was on site to manage the development from conception to completion, a task he called “one of the more rewarding projects I’ve been lucky enough to work on recently.”

Brian and the team at ROC provided the planning and installation of the usual needs of a hotel, from lighting and power installation for all rooms, to advanced data infrastructure services such as CCTV, Access Control and Intruder and Panic Alarms. However, this project demanded more than just the basics from Brian and the team.

“This is a Hilton. We knew going in that we were going to be working on something special.” Brian oversaw the installation and development of a very large interior pool and gym area, as well as a “very impressive” Presidential Suite. “Every single room required a unique approach, and on a couple of occasions we met challenges that forced us to adapt to change, which was particularly tricky because we were all on a tight deadline.”

The largest challenge faced by the team was the installation of the hotel’s centre ballroom – the 2nd largest in London’s history, adorned with twelve spectacular chandeliers, each over five metres long and 1.2 metres wide. “There are four thousand lights in those alone”, Brian is rightly proud to say. Almost bordering on the ludicrous, the ballroom also boasts four separator screens that descend from the ceiling to divide the enormous space into individual function rooms.

It sounds like an exhausting project, but Brian says the fifteen month development “went very well”, a testament to the importance of forward-planning and hiring an experienced team for the job.

As part of their continuing Hilton@Play worldwide events, the Hilton London Bankside finally celebrated its launch on the 22th of October, in a lavish yet intimate gig headlined by Pop and Soul star Jess Glynne. A hotel launch may seem an unusual occasion for a singer, but the Bankside proves itself to be worthy of such attention. Brian certainly thinks so. “I was fortunate enough to attend and the ballroom certainly shone bright that night.”

With the Hilton Bankside and Richard Caring’s newest London restaurant SEXY FISH both opening their doors last month, Brian and ROC’s other Operations Directors are already in the planning stages for the next additions to London’s eclectic landscape.

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