Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport
Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata, continues to enhance its extensive portfolio. One such project is the expansion of its Clayton Hotel at Dublin Airport.
The work, which is scheduled for completion later this year, will result in the addition of 141 new bedrooms, an enhanced food and beverage offering and new function suites. The newly revamped space will also provide new staff accommodation and ancillary facilities. A 2 storey extension is to be added to the existing building along with a reconfiguration of the existing 1st floor areas. Of the 141 new bedrooms, 35 will be created as part of the extended/remodelled existing first floor and 106 will be accounted for in the 2 storey extension. All bedrooms have been designed to meet the high Clayton brand standards.
Leading practice studiodesignsquared are working with Dalata Hotel Group as principal architects for the project. The hotel remains a live venue while work is carried out in sequential stages to limit the impact upon the guest experience.
The new extension will be located over existing bedroom accommodation. Creating a 5th and 6th floor level, the layout will be configured as centralised corridors with bedrooms on each side. Externally, the design of the extension takes a lead from the bold architectural style of the existing building. The main hotel structure is clad in a light shade of blonde sandstone with the adjoining u-shaped block clad in a darker polished basalt. The extension has subsequently been designed with a contrasting material which provides a visual break, whilst complimenting the strong appearance of the façade.
As well as providing additional guest accommodation, the extension will also be used to incorporate new storage tanks used by the hotel’s solar panel water heating system.
Alongside the extension, significant wok is to be carried out on existing hotel areas to make better use of available space. Existing function spaces, for example, have been reconfigured to provide 2 new multifunctional rooms. These include AV facilities, a small dispensing bar, a storage room and an acoustic, moveable partition.
On the ground floor a new restaurant, The Italian Kitchen, welcomed its first customers in November 2017. With authentic Italian cooking at its heart, The Italian Kitchen can cater for up to 160 guests in the stylishly appointed space it occupies. An open kitchen creates a sense of theatre and offers a glimpse into the wood-fired oven responsible for the restaurant’s signature stone baked pizzas. All pizzas are made to order at the restaurant using specially imported Italian wheat. Many ingredients have been sourced from Italy and local suppliers to provide guests best culinary experience possible. Feedback since opening has been hugely positive with particular praise for the restaurant’s food, drink and decoration.
When work is completed the newly expanded Clayton Hotel at Dublin Airport will boast just over 600 high quality bedrooms alongside excellent dining and first class function facilities. In a competitive airport location, the Clayton Hotel will soon be able to distinguish itself from its peers. To find out more, please visit claytonhoteldublinairport.com.
Satelliet UK specialise in the manufacture, supply and installation of high quality contract furniture for the hospitality, healthcare, education, office and retail sectors. The company has been in operation for more than 46 years, including 26 years within the UK, and provides furniture for breakout spaces, coffee corners, collaboration spaces and more.
Satelliet UK work with a range of clients, from independent end-users through to large groups. Clients include Hilton, IHG, SSP, David Lloyd Leisure, Dominos, Unite Student Accommodation and Travelodge, amongst others. Most recently, the company has been involved with the work at Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport.
Working on the Clayton Hotel project, Satelliet UK supplied tables and chairs to the hotel. Kevin Ockrim of Satelliet UK project managed the operation.
Satelliet UK Director, Harvey Ockrim, said:
“We have been involved with a number of projects with this client and consider them to be a great client to work with. Clayton use very talented design teams, who we work closely with to achieve a look and feel that works with the interior, while achieving the desired requirements of the budget.”
“Satelliet UK is a well-respected and experienced business, serving all our market sectors. We have a long list of clients who keep coming back and this makes us confident that we are doing something right!”
Based in Glasgow, Cunningham McLean specialise in innovative design solutions for restaurants, bars, hotels and commercial spaces. From unique bespoke interiors for private patrons, through to the design, creation, control, and development of established national and international brands, Cunningham McLean has more than 30 years’ experience in producing industry standard interiors that raise client expectations.
The practice has an extensive and diverse portfolio of projects driven by Cunningham McLean’s highly skilled designers. The team work closely with project specific design consultants and developers to provide the best solution possible, a success reflected through the continued business partnership with Dalata Hotel Group.
Cunningham McLean has a longstanding working relationship with Dalata Hotel Group, having provided design support and guidance to their CEO and many of their directors for more than 20 years. Three years ago, Dalata Hotel Group approached Cunningham McLean to develop the Clayton brand for their 4 Star hotel offering.
Cunningham McLean has played a key role in expanding the Clayton Hotel brand, throughout their existing portfolio and their new build hotel projects in the UK and Ireland. Most recently, the practice has collaborated with Dalata Hotel Group to produce the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport.