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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

A state-of-the-art gym and dance studio, contemporary style coffee bar and facilities for fine dining are just some of the features at the new global headquarters of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

IHG has relocated from Windsor to a new site covering 100,000 square feet at Broadwater Park - formerly home to the Denham film studios - in Buckinghamshire.

Morgan Lovell managed the design and build project, which included full consultation, mechanical and electrical works, fit out and furniture.

Located in 13 acres of landscaped grounds, the open-plan space is set in a four-storey building. Taking advantage of the picturesque surroundings, a patio area complete with broadband coverage enables people to work outdoors.

The restaurant is a major showpiece of the office development based on the Crowne Plaza brand quality. A 20-room meeting suite has also been created.

Other features include fully functional sample rooms, relevant to the different hotel brands IHG operates, such as Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites. These rooms have a dual purpose, providing both a showcase facility for visitors and also providing overnight accommodation for visiting IHG staff when required.

A Green Room has also been developed, where new products and fittings are tested, before being rolled out across the seven hotel brands IHG operates.

The fitness suite includes a well-equipped gym containing the latest machinery and a dance studio complete with full-length mirrors and sound system.

Tom Lord, IHG’s project director for the development, said: “We set out to provide an inspiring office space - that supports IHG in delivering ‘Great Hotels Guests Love’. The key to our success was engaging with the 360 employees who work here to help us achieve that.

The building also had to be as sustainable as possible and demonstrate best practice, serving as a benchmark for our hotels and other offices. Our work at Denham will now influence future IHG fit outs and ideas from this project are already being introduced in our Singapore development.

Crucially, IHG and Morgan Lovell worked together as one team, to deliver the project on time and on budget.

It is an amazing result, a brilliant finish and our employees are very pleased with it. Visitors are also really impressed.”

Morgan Lovell’s southern team, based in the Thames Valley at Wokingham, managed the project. IHG has been able to tap into Morgan Lovell’s green office expertise for the carbon neutral fit out, which included a full eco-specification for products - based on limiting the travelling distances of materials sourced - and selecting those with a high recycled and recyclable content.

In particular, IHG was keen to illustrate the benefits of solar power – and panels are in place contributing to the running of the landscape and car park lighting. Solar blinds have also been introduced, controlled by a ‘weather station’ on the roof.

David Cannon, Morgan Lovell’s southern regional managing director, said: “This was an exciting project for us to be involved in. The end result is stunning.”

http://www.morganlovell.co.uk

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Notes To Editors:

Located in London, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, Morgan Lovell is the UK’s leading office interior design, fit out and refurbishment specialist. With its own teams of designers, surveyors and project managers, the company can design and deliver entire projects, with the benefit of just one point of contact. http://www.morganlovell.com

It is part of Morgan Sindall plc, a top UK construction and regeneration group which operates through five specialist divisions of fit out, construction, infrastructure services, affordable housing and urban regeneration.
Morgan Lovell is a licensed BREEAM Offices Assessment Organisation. This means it is now licensed to measure the sustainability score of an office in order to identify ways companies can reduce high energy usage and waste, whilst increasing comfort and satisfaction for users of the building.

InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,000 hotels and more than 590,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with over 39 million members worldwide.

IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 150,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media

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