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MANCHESTER: luxury hotel design scene shows no signs of slowing

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MANCHESTER: luxury hotel design scene shows no signs of slowing

Ahead of Meet Up North 2019 in Manchester, Hotel Designs takes a peak at the northern city’s hotel design scene to establish why it is considered as one of the most fast-growing design hubs in the UK. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates… 

Manchester has a lot to be proud of. Not only is it home to two of the country’s most celebrated football teams (one of which is adjacent to a luxury football-themed hotel), the city’s property market has sky-rocketed in recent years.

With no signs of slowing, the market in Manchester for hotel development has recently been described by real estate experts JLL as being “in a league of its own”. With new hotels planning to pop up to join the hive of activity, Manchester has become a magnet for designers aiming to disrupt conventional hotels and make their mark on the city. Some of the most recent openings include Hotel Indigo Manchester and the highly anticipated arrival of Dakota Manchester – but there’s still more to come.

In 2019, according to research carried out by Top Hotel Projects, there will be six new hotel openings in Manchester, adding 835 guestrooms into the city. From the year 2020 to 2021, a further 11 more hotels are slated to open, which further indicates that Manchester is anything but at capacity for hotel development.

Hotel Designs is coming back to Manchester!

Following the success of Meet Up London, Hotel Designs will take its next Meet Up networking event to Manchester’s Hotel Gotham on July 1. The hotel, which in a few years will become the older and wiser sibling of the brand’s latest hotel that is on boards, The Brooklyn, has been an epicentre of the city’s action since it opened in 2015. The general manager of the hotel and brand, Mario Ovsenjak, and the owner, Robin Sheppard, were both listed in The Brit List 2018 as being among the top hoteliers in the country. Located on the rooftop, Club Brass will transform on July 1 from a private members’ bar  into a premium networking evening for designers, hoteliers, architects and suppliers alike – and here’s how you can get your hands on a ticket.

Designer, architect and hotelier tickets: £20 + VAT
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If you are a designer, architect or hoteliers to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.

Supplier tickets: £150 + VAT
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If you are a supplier to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.

There are also various sponsorship opportunities and packages available for Meet Up North. If you would like to discuss these with our team then please contact Zoe Guerrier by either emailing z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk or calling 01992 374059.

Image credit: Hotel Gotham

The inaugural Meet Up North took place last year at King Street Townhouse and was attended by more than 200 designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

About Hotel Gotham

Hotel Gotham is sheltered in what is arguably the city’s grandest properties and is an exclusive city-centre sanctuary, previously a bank that was designed in 1935 by none other than architect Edwin Lutyens.

The hotel prides itself on offering a modern and comfortable experience in a unique and luxurious environment, with exquisite service all within a bespoke private club in the heart of Manchester.

Main image credit: 20 Stories Manchester

Blue is the new black confirms Timothy Oulton

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Timothy Oulton Launches Three Exclusive Designs to Commemorate the Opening of its Flagship at Bluebird…

British furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton has marked the opening of its flagship at Bluebird in unique fashion, by launching three special edition designs in celebration of the colour of Bluebird, and of Chelsea, available exclusively at the new gallery.

With 40 galleries across the globe, Timothy Oulton launched its global flagship and largest ever showroom at the historic Bluebird building last month. Known for its creative designs and authentic handcraftsmanship, the brand is particularly renowned for its signature hand-finished leather collection. New Ronin Indigo leather is its latest innovation, launched specially for Bluebird, and features on the limited edition Westminster Button Sofa, complete with a commemorative plaque of the opening, as well as a special edition Union Jack Flag Cushion and Thomas Sleeve personal accessory.

The distinctive blue finish is achieved using indigo, a natural dye extracted from plant leaves that has been used for thousands of years. The complex dyeing process takes a staggering 30 days to complete; the hide is first tanned with bark and nut shells, with natural oils and waxes applied for a slightly aged look, and the indigo is then applied. Once the leather has been upholstered onto the finished piece, it is hand- finished for a second time using wet sandpaper to achieve a stonewashed look, and finally polished with lamb’s wool.

Exclusively available at the Bluebird gallery:

Westminster Button Sofa (Limited Edition)


Embodying the heart and soul of the Timothy Oulton brand, the Westminster Button brings together timeless design in the shape of a hand-tufted Chesterfield with 100 per cent natural indigo-dyed leather. A limited edition of 50 pieces, each sofa is emblazoned with a special plaque commemorating the Bluebird opening, and features shiny steel legs and 1550 hand-applied silver studs for a more contemporary take on the classic Chesterfield silhouette.

Union Jack Flag Cushion


A vibrant Union Jack graphic fashioned from Ronin Indigo, Vintage Bianco and Vagabond Red leathers gives this beautiful cushion a playful feel, complete with a smart silver zipper and car zip pull inspired by the Aston Martin DBR1. Bold, British, and a little James Bond-esque.

Thomas Sleeve


This simple leather pouch coordinates with any personal or business bag, creating a sophisticated and polished look. Large enough to hold a laptop, tablet or documents. Hand-finished in Ronin Indigo blue leather, complemented by a striking silver zipper and car zip pull, and a small embossed bowler hat in the bottom corner.

Brit List 2018: Leading designers, hoteliers and architects confirmed to attend

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With The Brit List 2018 fast approaching, leading industry names have confirmed their attendance to help Hotel Designs celebrate the top 75 influencers British in international hotel design and hospitality…

Rosewood London, HBA London, RPW Design, WATG, Wimberly Interiors, Gleneagles, EPR Architects, Bespoke Hotels and The Mandrake are among the brands that have confirmed their attendance The Brit List 2018.

Taking place on November 22 at BEAT London, The Brit List 2018 provides a platform for the leading influencers in British design, hotel and architecture. Launched last year, the Brit List 2018 awards will not only unveil the top 75, but will also, for the first time, announce the winners of six newly launched awards.

The long list, which was officially announced last week, is available to view here.

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

In order to secure your place, click here to purchase tickets. 

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, and to enquire for the full attendee list, please contact Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050.

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry partner: British Institute of Interior Design

Map and illustration of boutique hotel

Heritage Bathrooms launches nationwide search for Stylish Stays in Britain

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Luxury bathroom brand – and Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Heritage Bathrooms – has launched a nationwide search for boutique bathrooms that wow…

Heritage Bathrooms has launched a search for Britain’s best boutique bathroom spaces and is s calling on boutique hotels and luxury rental properties to submit their guest bathrooms for a chance to win a spot on its online Stylish Stays hub.

Featuring a hand-drawn map and a water colour illustration of each hotel, designed by British designer and illustrator Eleanore Longhurst, the hub will feature on Heritage’s website, as well as being included in PR and social media campaigns – encouraging consumers to visit the gorgeous properties and experience a Heritage Bathroom during their stay.

Properties wanting to be included in Heritage’s Stylish Stays hub will be in great company, with hotels including The Raeburn in Edinburgh, Alrewas Hayes in Staffs, and Harbour Lights in Cornwall just some of the locations already set to be included.

The only requirement to secure a spot is for the property to feature Heritage products in their guest bathrooms.

“We know that Heritage Bathrooms products are specified in many boutique hotel bathroom spaces, so we thought the creation of the dedicated ‘Stylish Stays’ hub was an ideal way to share the gorgeous interior spaces that guests can experience, as well as help hotel owners showcase their properties,” Commented Sophie Taylor, national specification manager for Heritage Bathrooms. “We know many homeowners take inspiration from hotel interior design too, so by encouraging guests to visit and see how Heritage products have been used, we hope that we can help inspire their own designs and showcase the quality of our products in an exciting new way.”

With 30 years of experience in bathroom product design, Heritage Bathrooms’ newly launched initiative will further celebrate striking hotel bathroom designs within the boutique hotel market.

Heritage Bathrooms are one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

Mercure Brighton

Mercure Brighton unveils new marine-inspired bedrooms

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Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel has unveiled its new bedrooms and courtyard.

Located opposite Brighton’s famous beach, Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is an elegant Grade II listed Victorian property. The hotel’s Mews rooms have been given a new contemporary look with artwork that echoes its location and Brighton landmarks alongside a marine-inspired colour scheme.

Within The Mews there are 22 Classic Rooms which have been given a fresh modern look, with a feature wall that has a stunning photographic image, as well as new televisions and new soft furnishings, wallpaper and paint in a seaside palette.

General Manager Iain Lindsay said: “We’re delighted with the new look of our rooms. The Mews is a lovely area behind our impressive main building. It’s quiet and self-contained, ideal for groups and corporates who want to be accommodated together. The Mews is a low rise building, where the stables to the main hotel building were originally located. The rooms are light and airy – and now with the new look, even more stylish.”

Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel overlooks the sea and the promenade and also offers an impressive ballroom with original 19th century chandeliers, a restaurant and bar, plus six meeting spaces.

The hotel is just a short stroll from Brighton’s centre, with the Pier, characterful Lanes and Royal Pavilion under a mile away.