Floating Hotel, London

Key facts

Floating Hotel, London

PBA provided services to enable the delivery of a floating hotel in the Royal Docks, London. The Good Hotel took up berth in September 2016, where it is to stay for five years, after being transported across the North Sea from its previous base in Amsterdam with the help of tug boats and a submerged barge.

The 148-room hotel, built on a large floating platform, opened in Amsterdam in June 2015 as a pop-up social enterprise project. One of its aims is to give opportunities to local people who have struggled to find employment and are receiving welfare support. One third of the staff in Amsterdam come from this background and the training programme in Amsterdam has been such a success that it will continue even after the hotel has gone.

Whilst the structure of the boat was already in place, The Good Hotel London has had an external makeover, including a green roof inspired by New York’s High Line, open to the public. PBA provided transport, noise, ecology and flood risk/drainage services to enable the hotel to open on programme.