Bespoke architectural ironmongery for the award winning hotel
To support the timeless luxury of the new Vintry & Mercer Hotel, Lloyd Worrall’s London Branch, Yannedis, has delivered a complete package of retro styled architectural ironmongery and door hardware.
The boutique Vintry & Mercer is situated in the heart of the City of London and boasts 92 luxury rooms and suites, two restaurants, three meeting rooms and a rooftop terrace with views of the London skyline. The hotel takes its name from the trading guilds that made the area a centre of commerce centuries ago – the Vintry guild of wine merchants and the Mercer guild of textile traders.
Roberto Pajares, General Manager at Vintry & Mercer explained: “The design is very much focused on blending past and present. The idea was to create a hotel that has every bit of unique luxury and quality that our guests expect while drawing influences from the history and heritage of the local area.”
Yannedis was brought onto the project during the design phase and collaborated closely with Roberto, representatives of the hotel’s owners and the design team on the selection of the door hardware.
The historical influences in the design scheme means that finishes such as antique brass are featured throughout the guest rooms and public areas of the hotel. Yannedis recommended DND Martinelli hardware in Italian Antique Brass for pull handles, doorknobs, lever handles and pocket door WC locks. Yannedis also supplied dormakaba concealed low opening force door closers, which were specially finished in antique brass to match the other hardware. Also specified, was a range of dormakaba electric strikes for the guest room doors. The visible surfaces of the electromechanical door locking devices were also matched to the colour of the door.
“It was important that all the design elements were tied together and complemented each other,” Roberto added. “It is the small details that really help to create the right feel and guest experience. For example, the use of stainless-steel hardware on the inside of the bathroom doors to complement the chrome bath and basin fittings.
“The team at Yannedis have an excellent understanding of what hotels require, which was extremely valuable as we looked to create something unique at Vintry & Mercer. They were also able to provide specialist technical guidance on areas such as the selection of the automatic doors and the specification of the correct door closers.”
Yannedis also supplied door hardware for the back of house areas of the hotel, where cost effectiveness and longevity were key considerations. LWG stainless steel door hardware and electromagnetic locks were supplied alongside dormakaba stainless steel low opening force surface fixed door closers. Yannedis also suggested the use of electromagnetic hold open devices for some of the fire doors. These devices hold the doors open to allow easy movement through the building, but release the doors to close automatically when a fire alarm is triggered to ensure the fire doors perform as intended.
“On a project of this size, there are many advantages to reducing the complexity of the fit-out,” said Graham Thomas, Branch Manager of Lloyd Worrall’s London branch, Yannedis. “We were able to provide a complete door hardware package that covered all areas of the hotel, as well as ensuring the finish of the products tied into the overall design scheme.”