The final piece of a major renovation project of one of Dublin’s most impressive hotels is nearly complete. The Davenport Hotel boasts one of the city’s most recognisable façades and now has a stunning interior to match.
Designed by leading architecture, urban design and interior design firm McCauley Daye O’Connell, The Davenport’s new look is a refined, classical design to match the historic façade. The hotel has remained open while work was carried out one floor at a time. Working commenced in November 2017 and the final bedrooms will be completed at the end of September 2018.
The Davenport is part of the O’Callaghan Collection, one of the leading privately-owned hotel groups in Ireland. The group is currently investing in all of its Dublin hotels to create distinctly individual destinations that blend design with top quality service.
To find out more about The Davenport, Premier Hospitality spoke to McCauley Daye O’Connell Director Martin Spillane:
“The hotel is a famous Dublin landmark and it was formerly a large prayer hall. It has a neoclassical façade in the Georgian heart of Dublin. The prayer hall suffered a fire in the early 1990s and the hotel was built on the site but retained the historic façade onto the street.
“When McCauley Daye O’Connell was asked to come in and refurbish the hotel for O’Callaghan’s, the historic façade was a key asset and a recognisable factor in the hotel’s presence in Dublin. We wanted to work with the historic nature of the façade and create a classic hotel interior that, while having elements of modernity in it in terms of services and a clean design, also reinterpreted a neoclassical element. It does this through more traditional panelled walls and materials such as bronze and marble in the public areas. We wanted to introduce a lighting scheme that was more sympathetic to the hotel than the previous one.”
One of the most important decisions with regards the public spaces was to differentiate between the President’s Bar and Lanyon’s Restaurant. The bar has moved to a darker, richer palette of navy blues, bronze and brass with timber parquet flooring. On the restaurant side the design has moved to a light, cooler grey and blue palette with accents of leather for the dining chairs. There is then a series of sofas arranged back to back, to break up the room into smaller zones.
“In the bedrooms we decided to take out the bathrooms fully and redesign them with a full height floor to ceiling marble tile as well as introduce new sanitary ware. In the rest of the room we sort to introduce a paired back palette of colours in rich mixed greys with bronze and green accents in the furniture. Decorative metal elements have been used around mirror frames. In the wardrobe we sought to introduce the more functional aspects like a minibar etc. The rest of the room is quite open.
“The other area we worked on was the ground floor entrance area. The goal here was to create a lighting scheme that would accentuate the full height atrium that sits behind the historic façade. In the lower levels are the functions rooms that host a mix of both business meetings and more celebratory wedding type banquets, we sought to create a bright, classical function room.”
Feedback on the work completed so far has been very positive. The Davenport remains a popular destination for politicians from the nearby Dail Eireann (the home of the Irish Government) but is also within walking distance of a number of tourist landmarks. The hotel overlooks Merrion Square, home to The National Gallery of Ireland and The Natural History Museum. In the middle of the Georgian Square is Merrion Park, which throughout the year features festivals, events and markets.
The project has also proved to be important for McCauley Daye O’Connell, as Martin concluded:
“It’s a great project for McCauley Daye O’Connell because it’s a large scale city centre hotel project and it has led to other work for us. We’re currently working on the refurbishment of Carton House, which is large project at an international golf resort outside the city. It’s an area of hospitality that we’re particularly interested in and working with the O’Callaghan’s team was a really good experience for us.”
To find out more about The Davenport, please visit www.davenporthotel.ie.
PARSON is a main contractor/management contractor with inhouse expertise to carry out general contracting, commercial interior construction & fit out projects. Operating throughout Ireland since 2007 with well over 200 projects under their belt, the company has held steadfast to its day one goal to “exceed expectations” of all stakeholders to a project.
PARSON have become the Main Contractor of choice for many international restaurant and retail brands when considering Irish projects. Brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, River Island, Nandos, Zizzi, and Milano (Pizza Express).
Likewise, many Irish brands choose PARSON for their projects, one such brand is The O’Callaghan Collection. The O’Callaghan Collection, formerly known as O’Callaghan Hotel Group, is one of the leading privately-owned hotel groups in Ireland.
The refurbishment of the Davenport Hotel was PARSON’s second hotel refurbishment in the O’Callaghan Collection having completed the Alex Hotel in 2017.
PARSON worked closely with the project’s design team, MDO Architects and the quantity surveying firm Rogerson Reddan to create a stunning refurbishment all within programme and budget.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Eamon Groome, Managing Director of PARSON, said:
“As the project’s main contractor, PARSON was at the core of the entire process working with the client’s design team to bring their vision to reality and coordinating with the Hotel’s team to ensure that disruption to their core business was kept to a minimum.”
“Starting from the lower ground floor, we conducted a complete refurbishment for the conference room and public toilets and then moved up to the ground floor where we reconfigured the ground floor layout, creating a new location for reception, new bar & restaurant.”
Commenting on the challenges presented during the refurbishment, Eamon said:
“Working on a live site is always challenging – especially when trying to keep disruption to an absolute minimum, but we had an experienced team who worked tirelessly at coordinating each major phase and the numerous mini phases of the project; all within the constraints of a tight programme and a live hotel.”
From talking with the guys in PARSON, what really comes across is their pride in the list of clients and the unique projects completed by them over the years. They treat relationships as long-term partnerships; this applies to all stakeholders on the projects. This ethos is just one aspect of working with PARSON that sets them apart and keeps them unique in the industry.
For more information about PARSON, please visit: www.parson.ie.