Central London’s exquisite four-star Lancaster Hotel has recently undertaken a stunning makeover which has seen its conference and banquet suite – the Westbourne Suite – completely refurbished.
The result is a fresh and stylish new look, perfect for events and a range of functions.
Work began on the project during summer 2015 and reached completion in September. PROOF Consultancy were the interior design practice for the scheme, responsible for delivering a beautiful upscale design in keeping with the prestigious name of the Lancaster London Hotel.
Interior design practice, PROOF Consultancy, has more than thirteen years’ experience in the hospitality and residential sector, delivering innovative designs that not only exceed clients’ expectations but also create lasting work that stands the test of time. At present the practice is still working with the hotel, undertaking a full repositioning project, covering rebranding, refurbish of all bedrooms and suites, as well as creating a new lobby and public areas.
Keen to find out a little more about the Westbourne Suites project, Premier Hospitality recently caught up with Chris Holmes, Creative Director at PROOF Consultancy. Chris spoke about the recent transformation of the Westbourne Suite and the importance of working on a prestigious project such as this.
“Part of the original conferencing area had been refurbished only eight years ago and that was still in good condition but when it came to the Westbourne Suite, this was an area which had remained the same for the past 25 years, so it was definitely in need of an overhaul.
“We also understood that the space had to be thoroughly flexible and of course the one thing we had to keep in mind was the practical side of the room.”
The new-look suite incorporates a subtle blend of late-era ‘Art Deco’ and post-war ‘Mid-Centruy’, whilst utilising elements such as polished stainless steel detailing on doors. Decorative lighting (by Heathfield) and mirrors were also used to add a dash of a glitz and sparkle to the space, alongside dark rich timber, wall coverings and carpet to add softer elements to the space.
The hotel remained open during the entirety of the project; continuing to offer guests the same great stay and the same great experience that guests have come to expect from a hotel of this calibre. Although working around an operational hotel is always a challenge, this wasn’t the greatest challenge that Chris and his team encountered.
Summarising, Chris added:
“I think our biggest challenge was making sure that the space was robust enough. Obviously we undertake a lot of work to create great spaces, but the problem is working out the best way to make them last in these demanding environments. The hotel needed this refurbishment to look good in ten years’ time, whilst still maintaining a sense of visual allure.”
Working on a project such as this is something Chris and the team at PROOF Consultancy truly value, especially when the project is received so positively by the client and the guests.
“Since opening, the hotel feedback has been very pleasing, and guests are pleasantly surprised at the change. What we wanted to inject was a sense of glamour, combined with functionality, and that’s what we’ve achieved.”