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The South Place Hotel opens its doors

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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Moving day at Green Man Lane

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.)

A few weeks ago, Phase 2a of the project was completed, and the first families picked up the keys to their new homes, ate some cake, and cut the ribbon! Continue reading

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Friday Tip: Anyone in Stratford?

If you happen to find yourself in Stratford over the next few days – we can’t imagine why – you could do worse than head to Annex East for supper. Natalie Attar, marketing coordinator at Conran and Partners, explains. Continue reading

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On South Place

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.

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A peek inside the South Place Hotel

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The Conran Manifesto

Terence talked to the Times last week, outlining his vision for a property-based path out of recession.

Conran Bricks & Mortar piece

Terence was interviewed off the back of an open letter to the Government (published in the Friday Times Letters section), which called for a revival of the “vision, ambition and pride” that dragged Britain out of the post-War slump. He cites new council housing and VAT exemption for the refurbishment of derelict buildings as key starting points.

“I truly believe we can build our way out of recession. There is a massive bubble of demand and one day that must burst and kickstart growth. But we need the Government to provide the pin-prick.”

Conran and Partners is currently working on 2,500 homes for house associations across the country.

EDIT: here’s the full text of Terence’s letter to the Times:


After working in design and business for almost 60 years I am currently enduring my sixth, and without question, worst recession. During the last recession I built Europe’s largest restaurant in Soho, because I believe the way through difficult economic times is to be bold, seize opportunity and create.

At the end of the 1970s there was a housing surplus. I wouldn’t say the stock was all good quality but if somebody needed a home they stood a good chance of getting one.

That was down to the ambitious postwar political desire to transform this country and improve lives. In 2010 we built the fewest homes since the end of the Second World War.

We need that vision, ambition and pride again because I truly believe we can build our way out of recession.

Banks need to lend, developers need to commission architects, plannes need to approve projects quickly and efficiently and we need to build. There is a massive bubble of demand that must be burst to kick-start growth. We need government to provide the pinprick.

Grant Shapps, the Minister for Housing and Local Government, throws out soundbites and tweets with Blairite fervour, but doesn’t appear to actually do much.

According to the charity Empty Homes, there are nearly one million UK properties vacant, a scandal that tweeting won’t help.

Housing starts are at near record lows and Mr Shapps can’t keep blaming “the last administration”. The coalition has been in government for almost two years now and excuses have worn thin.

— Sir Terence Conran, London SE1

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Brightening Hove

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.

Gala bingo hall © Jim Stephenson / clickclickjim

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.

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Conran interior design’s extra-curricular activities…

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)

Booking: 0208 237 1111 http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk

Booking: 0191 230 5151

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Conran’s Tuscan transformation…

Our internationally-acclaimed architecture and design practice Conran and Partners has been signed up to create one of the leading residential resort destinations in Tuscany.

We have unveiled our vision for the new estate in the heart of one of Europe’s most desirable locations and are now working on the masterplan to turn that vision into reality.

 The Il Ciocco estate, 40km north of Lucca and an hour from Pisa Airport, has been carefully managed by the Marcucci family since 1949. The family has a long history in the Valle del Serchio, with their pharmaceutical business establishing its headquarters here.

 An existing hotel is being refurbished, upgraded and rebranded as the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. This project is expected to be completed for the summer 2012 and will see Il Ciocco become one of the leading hotel resorts in Tuscany.

Our vision emphasises the importance of the landscape of Il Ciocco and ensures the estate works as a whole. The plans will see a new community on the west-facing 700 hectare estate with around 100 houses, a potential retreat hotel on the summit of the estate, a locanda, or inn, with rooms and community and leisure facilities.

 The homes will be a mixture of renovated traditional Tuscan buildings together with new-build houses sympathetic to the surroundings. We have a great track record in the restoration of historic buildings; giving them a new sense of purpose and successfully integrating modern design into older architectural styles.

The project is being headed up by Interior Design Director Jane Lawrence and Architectural Director Nigel Lea who said:

“The vision is to transform Il Ciocco into a one of the leading hotel resorts in Tuscany, while retaining and enhancing its place in the heart of the existing community. 

Conran and Partners has a portfolio of work that gives us the experience and expertise to turn that vision into reality.

 We are a London-based design studio with an international perspective and reputation. Working closely with the Marcucci family and Knight Frank we know we can create something truly beautiful and inspiring.

 Il Ciocco will be entirely Tuscan and will appeal to people who understand the beauty and the quality of life in this region of Italy.

 But it will also bear the hallmark of the Conran design ethos which has proved so successful on large-scale mixed use developments from London to Tokyo to India and Asia.

We have spent a long time studying the countryside to inform our vision for the site and our masterplan will use the landscape, and in particular the hillside, to develop a sense of a journey through the estate from arrival at the foot of the estate to the summit.”

All that remains to be said now is when do we get to go?!



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Conran’s hidden house…

Our architects Conran and Partners have just been granted planning permission for their ‘hidden house’ in Brighton!

The development consists of three new houses in all, a ‘hidden house’ and two 4 bedroom homes. The site is in the most prestigious Roedean area and will be the most environmentally friendly homes in that part of the city. 

The ‘hidden house’ to the north of the site is an L shaped home which is partly built into the ground with a banked garden that lowers into a south facing terrace. The house is designed to make maximum use light and includes an open plan living area on the ground floor andbedrooms and bathrooms to the 1st floor.

The House will be built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5,’Translated… a very environmentally friendly dwelling’.

If you want to know more about our ‘hidden house’ please contact Paul Zara and Nathan Zaver in the Brighton Studio…
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Conran: Windows onto the world…

Conran & Partners have yet again taken over the reception windows of HQ in Shad Thames showcasing a mix of project images – some current and some of our old favourites..
Today’s focus: Japan; here’s the first few from over the other side of the world…

Futako Tamagawa, Tokyo 

As master planners and architects of this exciting project we are pleased to say that currently Futako Tamagawa is Tokyo’s single largest development on site! Phase one provides a total of 400,000m² of retail, office, leisure and residential buildings – about half the size of Canary Wharf. Phase two is currently under design development – we’ll tell more when we can….

Niki Club East, Nasu 

We were architects & interior designers for the third phase of Niki Club hotel located in Nasu, a wooded mountain region 2-hours from Tokyo.  The project included a 2-storey main building comprising lobby, restaurant, spa and meeting room, and 24 timber-clad bedroom pavilions clustered around an informal central court in a woodland clearing. 

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