Urban Commons, the real estate firm that now controls the land surrounding the Queen Mary, has announced $15 million in renovations for the historic ocean liner.

According to a press release, the Los Angeles-based developer is partnering with architecture firm Gensler, to return the ship to its former glory while also infusing contemporary influences.  Plans call for upgrades to the corridors and 346 state rooms of the hotel, including new carpeting, lighting and refurbished millwork.  Brintons, a British manufacturer which supplied some of the Queen Mary's original carpeting, is replicating historic patterns for the renovation.

Upgrades will also come to the hotel's public spaces and restaurants including new social hubs at each end of the ship and improved technology.

Urban Commons expects to begin the renovations later this year, with completion scheduled for late 2017.  The Queen Mary will remain during this period, as the company looks towards the development of a retail and entertainment complex on the 45 acres of property which surrounds the ship.

Image via Urban Commons
Image via Urban Commons
Image via Urban Commons

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