Indian-born retail baron Yusuff Ali M.A.-owned Lulu Group International’s hospitality investment arm, Twenty14 Holdings, has inaugurated the 153-key seven-storey The Great Scotland Yard in London’s Trafalgar Square.
The move follows the acquirement of the Edwardian & Victorian property in 2015 from Galliard Homes for $144.8m (AED531.9m).
In March 2019, Construction Week reported that the Galliard Homes’ construction arm completed the $99m refurbishment project for the property, which some of the rooms were converted from jail cells, alongside hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates.
American hospitality giant Hyatt will operate the property, which was the former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police force, under it’s The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, chairman and managing director of LuLu Group International, Yusuff Ali M A, said: “London is one of the world’s greatest cities and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel represents its illustrious past as well as its modern significance.”
Meanwhile, managing director of Twenty14 Holdings, Adeeb Ahamed, said: “The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is a dream come true for us. Transforming one of the world’s most historic addresses into an icon of modern hospitality.
“Twenty14 Holdings’ focus remained steady right through, keeping the building’s reputation in mind, every effort made in its rebirth had to be extraordinary, beyond expectations. And, this is what has been accomplished.”