South Place Hotel is the first hotel from venerable restaurant group D&D London, but – if we’ve counted correctly – the 84th restaurant and hotel design project we’ve worked on.
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Green Man Lane is a Conran and Partners-designed housing development in Ealing, that will eventually consist of over 700 new homes, including 338 affordable rentals, as well as parks and community facilities. (More info here.)
We’re delighted to spill just a few of the beans on our latest project: South Place Hotel.
South Place is D&D London’s first hotel. Perhaps unsurprisingly given their pedigree in restaurants, South Place will be “as much about meet and eat as sleep”, to quote General Manager Bruce Robertson. It will feature two restaurants and three bars, as well as its 80 stylish guest rooms.
New architectural projects often involve difficult choices – especially in Britain. We live in a crowded country: there are 660 of us squeezed into every square mile of land we have, versus 83 Americans, or 295 Frenchmen. This puts developable land at a high premium.
Demolition of the crumbling Granada cinema on Portland Road, Hove, is now underway. The site is being redeveloped by Conran and Partners‘ Brighton office, and will encompass 35 flats, a GP surgery, a pharmacy and a separate leisure space.
It is a controversial project: undoubtedly, the loss of a 1930s art deco cinema, even if derelict, is notable. The local community has been divided on the project: many have mourned the loss of an historic cinema; others note that the dilapidated state of the building does little for Hove’s image, and that new housing is badly needed in the town.
The derelict cinema building
We’ve led restoration projects throughout our existence: Terence Conran teamed up with Paul Hamlyn to save Michelin House, and our recent Boundary development resides in a sensitively-restored Victorian warehouse. Sadly, the Granada cinema was beyond saving.
The new building will have high sustainability credentials, and will include 14 affordable units. The flats will have roof terraces with sea views, and a shared garden to the rear. In a nod to the site’s heritage, the corner of the building will be clad in multi-coloured Roman bricks, Additionally, an artist is being commissioned for an installation in the stairwell, which will be inspired by the memory of the cinema, or perhaps of Diana Dors, who opened the building as a bingo hall in the 70s.
A little after-school activity report today from Nathan Zaver, one of our interior designers from our Conran & Partners office down in Brighton.
We’re a busy lot on the south coast it has to be said, designing secret houses, saving lidos and giving old icons a new lease of life so it comes as no surprise that we’ve got our fingers in a theatrical pie this time!
Over the last few months I have been collaborating with Tristan Sharpe of Dream Think Speak on the Interior Design of the their next production which will be their working of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
It’s been really good fun working on this, especially as it’s a new experience designing set’s for a complex imagining.
I’ve really enjoyed working on it and can’t wait to see it built and to see the production!
THE REST IS SILENCE interweaves performance and film to create a vigorous new interpretation that explores the messy underbelly of Shakespeare’s great play.
Don’t just take his word for it catch ‘The Rest is Silence’ at one of the performances below…
THE REST IS SILENCE will premiere at the Brighton Festival before travelling to the Riverside
Studios as part of LIFT 2012 and then on to Northern Stage as part of the RSC Newcastle season.
Booking: 01273 709709 www.brightonfestival.org
(Booking opens 23rd February)
RIVERSIDE STUDIOS: JUNE 12 – 23
Booking: 0208 237 1111 http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk
NEWCASTLE PLAYHOUSE: JUNE 26 – 30
Booking: 0191 230 5151