Fairmont St Andrews – A prestigious refurbishment
The extensive refurbishment of the five-star resort Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland has been completed to stunning effect in a project which is an exemplar of excellence, beautifully showcasing this superb venue, set in a breath taking landscape.
The highly anticipated scheme, created by RPW Design, was revealed in early September and included a complete remodelling of the hotel’s atrium, incorporating a bespoke 60m long ceiling sculpture by award winning artist George Singer, a new restaurant and the Kittock’s Den Bar.
Inspiration for the design concept was drawn from the rich and varied landscape surrounding the property. The local fishing villages also created a great starting point for the textures, patterns and themes within the carpet designs and artwork.
Observing the scale of the atrium, which is roughly 60m long and 15m high, with full height windows on one side overlooking the North Sea coast, RPW knew this would be the most challenging area in the hotel to re-design.
To transform this voluminous space to create a more inviting and human scaled interior, a mixture of natural hued finishes was introduced to the surfaces, including bespoke carpet, timber floors of varying patterns, a rich earthy green wall colour and bespoke printed velvet wall drapes. The introduction of eclectic furniture styles and arched decorative lamps, also helped to create a softer atmosphere.
A focal point of the atrium, George Singer’s organic, swirling ceiling sculpture, entitled ‘Zephyr’, imitates the movement of the water in the North Sea, adding an element of wonder and beauty. According to George Singer: “Zephyr is designed to reflect the crashing waves, the flocks of starlings, the long wind-blown grasses, the spring blossom, the shoals of fish, the rolling hills, the clouds and the sheer energy, beauty, and dynamism of the east coast of Scotland.”
In the Squire restaurant, dramatic lighting and refined materials with a colour scheme of pine and sage greens and hints of gold emanates a sense of quality throughout the space. This also gives the restaurant its own identity while still being part of the atrium. A mix of finishes includes timber floors, seascape-inspired carpet design, bronze antique mirrors on the walls and wall drapery.
Soft gold velvet wall drapes hang above the banquettes and bespoke printed screens with seaweed designs grow up from the base of the drapes in an organic fashion, both softening the architecture of the space and giving a sense of intimacy. In addition to these, the bespoke restaurant curtain screen, and fabric design is based on the moving sand dune grasses at West Sands beach in St Andrews, dividing the restaurant from the breakfast buffet area in the evenings.
For Kittock’s Den Bar, RPW’s aim was to create a more inviting and warm lobby area. This was achieved by removing the dividing wall between the reception and bar area and creating a new coffee bar.
The copper coffee bar, displaying fresh pastries and juices, draws people into the space and the high table encourages communal working or drinking within the lobby area. A mix of timber floor and carpet, with its design based on aerial views of the beautiful River Tay estuaries, creates warmth and defines the different seating areas.
As well as a revised layout, Kittock’s Den Bar has drawn on nautical elements found in the nearby River Tay estuaries and surrounding fishing villages, to create a comforting atmosphere.
Other areas that have been updated include guestrooms and bedrooms, which have benefitted from printed porcelain tiles provided by Blue Print Ceramics.
John Keating, General Manager at Fairmont St Andrews commented: “This renovation has been a huge undertaking across the hotel; I’m extremely proud to see the public areas looking so resplendent, they’ve already made a huge difference in opening the space and the feel has been well received. The refurbishment was part of a wider investment throughout the resort which ensures Fairmont St Andrews remains one of Scotland’s leading luxury hotels, from the interior and exterior surroundings, to our personalised service.”
Established in 2010, BB Contracts specialise in interior refurbishment and fit-out in the hospitality, retail, hotel, commercial office and education sectors. An uncompromising approach to quality has helped the company establish a solid reputation with clients and suppliers alike.
Growing at an average rate in excess of 30% year on year, BB Contracts receives a large amount of its workload from repeat business clients, keen to maintain a strong working relationship. The firm invests heavily in staff for training and development and prides itself on its team’s ‘can-do’ approach. Director involvement at a project level helps provide an unrivalled personal approach that is uncomplicated and efficient.
In addition to The Fairmont St Andrews, the company is working with The Langham Hotel, St Ermin’s Hotel, The Cumberland Hotel, and is engaged with the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotel brands on numerous UK projects.
Ash Simmonds, whom delivered the Fairmont St Andrews project, commented:
“BB Contracts were honoured to have been involved as the main contractor for the 209 bedroom and bathroom refurbishment at Fairmont St Andrews. It was a logistically complex project but we worked seamlessly with the hotel and client teams to achieve an amazing end product.”
“We would like to thank our supply chain for supporting us in the delivery of the refurbishment, as well as all of the direct specialists brought in by the client – it was truly a team effort.”