Dubai Holding's Jumeirah Group has revealed plans to completely refurbish the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the operator's flagship hotel in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge.

The work is expected to begin on September 1, 2019 with a planned completion date of summer 2020. During this time, the hotel would stop receiving guests.

The extensive refurbishment project will cover all areas of the 17-storey building. Interiors will be significantly remodelled to include a redesigned guest arrival experience at the hotel lobby entrance, the creation of a celebrity destination restaurant on Sloane Street, a refreshed rooftop health club overlooking Cadogan Gardens, and a new spa, with its 20m indoor pool.

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All guestrooms and suites are planned to be completely refurbished to a new level of luxury, according to a statement. The number of keys will reduce from 216 to 188 with the introduction of new Signature Suites and Junior Suites.

London-based design studio 1508 London has been appointed to work on the project.

Jumeirah Group CEO José Silva said in a statement: "We are thrilled to announce our plans for the complete refurbishment of Jumeirah Carlton Tower. This project is a significant investment in the heart of Knightsbridge and is undertaken with the greatest attention to detail. A priority is to ensure that the new Jumeirah Carlton Tower will continue to be a cornerstone for the local community as well as an undisputed leader in the luxury hospitality world. This stunning re-imagining will contribute greatly to the repositioning of Jumeirah globally."

Jumeirah currently operates a global portfolio of 24 luxury hotels, including the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai and the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel and Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living, in London.