Dutch canopies at the Dorchester

Dutch canopies are one of the simplest, most economical, of the awning products by Deans however, in a commercial situation, they can also be very successful in making a building statement especially when installed as they are here at the Dorchester Hotel in a grouping format. These Dutch canopies have featured on the Dorchester for many tears, since we originally installed them, and one could now hardly imagine the Hotel without its iconic striped canopies over looking Park Lane and  Hyde Park. Deans are particularly well placed to undertake this sort of demanding job where Health and Safety to the public and our own teams is essential. Holders of CHAS and Safe Contractor Certification ensures commercial clients that all appropriate procedures are being followed and that they can confidently permit us to carry out the work on their premises.

The Dorchester is a five-star luxury hotel on Park Lane, to the east of Hyde Park. It is one of the world’s most prestigious, and probably most  expensive, hotels. The Dorchester opened on 18 April 1931 and still retains its 1930s furnishings and ambiance despite being modernised on a number of occasions

The Designer, Sir Owen Williams, was commissioned to undertake the work and he specified  reinforced concrete to allow the creation of large internal spaces without support pillars, however for reasons unknown,  he abandoned the project in February 1930 and was replaced with William Curtis Green. Over 40,000 tonnes of earth were excavated to make room for the hotel’s huge basement which is nearly one-third of the size of the hotel above the surface.  The upper eight floors were erected in just 10 weeks, supported on a massive 3 ft. thick reinforced concrete decking that forms the roof of the first floor.

One of the most famous long term guests of The Dorchester was  General Dwight D. Eisenhower who took a suite on the first floor (now the Eisenhower Suite) in 1942 after having previously stayed at Claridge’s and in 1944 made it his headquarters during the planning for the D-Day landings in Normandy. The suite is called the Eisenhower Suite to this day.

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