Hotel Designs to put ‘accessibility’ under the spotlight at Hotel Summit 2020

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    Hotel Designs to put ‘accessibility’ under the spotlight at Hotel Summit 2020

    Editor Hamish Kilburn will deliver a live interview at Hotel Summit with the owner and design team of Hotel Brooklyn, the new contemporary hotel in Manchester that has been designed to be seamlessly accessible… 

    Hotel Summit, which this year takes place on April 27 – 28 at Five Lakes Resort Colchester, will take on the theme of accessibility in the seminar rooms.

    The panel discussion, which will take on April 28 from 11.20am – 12.00pm, and will challenge pre-existing attitudes towards accessibility in design as the industry focuses more on designing meaningful spaces for modern travellers.

    Accessibility doesn’t have to be boring and un-sexy. In a perfect world, hotels wouldn’t simply embrace making their rooms and public spaces accessible to guests of all physical abilities – they would also keep accessibility in mind throughout the entire design process.

    One hotelier who has spent the last decade actively pioneering new thoughts on how designers and hoteliers should think about accessibility is Robin Sheppard, the Chairman of Bespoke Hotels, the Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality and who won the Outstanding Contribution Award at The Brit List Awards 2018. Sheppard’s latest hotel, Hotel Brooklyn, is a contemporary gem located in the beating heart of Manchester. It stands for the entire industry as a modern example of the paramount importance of weaving accessibility into the whole design of a property – regardless of the overall brief.

    Editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, will host a live interview with Sheppard and Ed Warner, founder of accessible design firm Motionspot which collaborated with Brooklyn interior designers, Squid Inc. This exclusive panel discussion will give delegates unprecedented insight to the design decisions involved in the creation of this 189-key hotel. “I have watched this hotel develop from concept stages right through to completion,” said Kilburn. “Our delegates will learn a lot from what Robin and Ed, and I am hoping that this session marks the start of more hotels considering accessibility throughout the entire design stages of any renovations.”

    For two decades, Hotel Summit has been bridging the gap between leading hospitality professionals and key-industry suppliers with pre-arranged, face-face meetings, seminar topics that become conversation starters and a popular gala dinner.

    How to register 

    If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet top hotel professionals, contact Jennie Lane at– or click here to book your place.

    If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the Summit for free, please contact Kerry Naumburger at – or click here to book your place.

    *Please contact Kerry Naumburger for complete delegates list.

    Hamish Kilburn / 10.02.2020


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