After a major renovation the existing Hesperia Hotel was transformed into the first high quality Crowne Plaza Hotel in Helsinki, Finland. The new premises were inaugurated in January 2005. The renovation project lasted for one year and included almost a total interior and technical renewing. The badly weathered marble facade was also replaced with Portuguese granite. Currently, the Crowne Plaza Helsinki is one of the largest hotels in Finland.
The hotel was build 1972 and expanded 1985 with new hotel rooms and conference facilities. The existing inner court was covered with a glass roof and changed into a Winter Garden. This space joins together the meeting areas located in different parts of the building. The Winter Garden gives also new possibilities to arrange seminars and events.
Worth mentioning is the wide-ranging asbestos renovation phase, typical for 1970's buildings. Pöyry also took an active project management role in conciliating the interior design with the entire renovation process. As a separate project through an exceptional building permit, a gym and fitness centre was built to replace the old night club located in the upper basement level.
Pöyry was in charge of the architectural design during the project and also took care of project management during the preliminary design phase and tender phase.