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Reviving Historic Elegance: NoMad Hotel’s Transformative Refurbishment in Covent Garden 

A hotel dining room featuring a row of dining tables in the center of the room alongside a planter growing oranges

Reviving a historic gem, Hoare Lea, part of the Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Group, skillfully modernized the former Bow Street Magistrates Court, now NoMad Hotel, in Covent Garden, maximizing space while preserving its heritage.


The NoMad Hotel project posed a unique challenge of refurbishing the Grade II-listed Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and adjoining police station, both dating back to the 1800s. The client’s vision was to transform this historic site into a five-star luxury hotel with modern amenities while preserving its heritage. The existing space constraints and the need to maximize guest rooms and food and beverage capacity presented considerable obstacles. Additionally, the hotel’s location in the heart of Covent Garden demanded solutions that would be sensitive to noise and air quality to ensure a harmonious coexistence with the vibrant community.


Tetra Tech’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) expertise played a pivotal role in overcoming the challenges and delivering a transformative refurbishment for the NoMad Hotel. We carefully implemented design features that modernized the space while respecting and preserving the building’s rich heritage. Through careful positioning of services, we maximized the available space, ensuring optimal functionality without compromising the historical integrity of the structure. A key aspect of our solution was the rationalization of the rooftop plant arrangement, minimizing room and height requirements and thereby enhancing the hotel’s aesthetic appeal.


Through our collaborative efforts, Tetra Tech’s external plant design successfully addressed noise and air quality constraints, guaranteeing a harmonious environment for both hotel guests and the local community. The result is a magnificent five-star luxury hotel that not only embraced its historic elegance but also became a beloved London destination, attracting guests from around the world.

The original jail, infamous for holding Oscar Wilde and suffragettes, has been preserved as a museum alongside the new hotel.

At a glance


NoMad Hotel


EPR Architects

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Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sustainability consulting, lighting design

Project by

Hoare Lea

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