Ruby Lucy Hotel Waterloo

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Project Type: Hotel & Leisure, Commercial, New-build
Location: Southbank, London UK
Completion: January 2020
Value: £10.5m
Size: five storey

Client: The Max Barney Estate
Architect: Studio Kyson
Design: Aros Architects
Contract Administrator: Future 54

Key features:
Peterson brickworks
Curtain walling and GRC cladding


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RED Construction’s delivery of the Ruby Lucy Hotel in London marked the first unveiling of the Munich-based hotel brand’s ‘lean luxury’ concept and philosophy to the UK. 

Occupying a former office building in close proximity to Waterloo station, RED brought to life the vision of a ‘carnivalesque bolthole’, with the project’s designers taking inspiration from the fairs, markets and theatre performances that have historically taken place in the surrounding Southbank area of London.

The unique scheme comprises 77 bedrooms across four floors, in addition to atmospheric reception, bar and general communal seating areas. The demanding project programme also required the creation of a basement area for all back-of-house requirements, and alongside the hotel works, RED delivered the shell and core construction for five retail units on the development’s ground floor. 

The reinforced concrete frame structure is completed with steel from the fourth level to the roof, while the striking outer brickwork façade seamlessly integrates with the distinctive environment of the Lower Marsh area. 


From the outset we found RED to be helpful, collaborative, and friendly. Through the efforts of the site team, headed by Tony O’Farrell, we were able to realize our brand in a new market. The resulting Hotel is exactly how we envisioned it. We look forward to working with RED again in the future and wish them well.
— Matthew Balon – Head of design Ruby Hotels