New opening for Courtyard
Courtyard continues to grow its UK presence with the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South, located in Milton Gate Science Park only 40 minutes by train from London and an excellent base to explore the local Oxfordshire area.
Inviting the modern traveller to work and play, the newly built hotel features the latest Courtyard by Marriott design to ensure a refreshing and productive hotel experience.
Design company Urban Reef designed the stunning, futuristic, exterior of the property, and the interior design showcases artwork and murals inspired by the county of Oxfordshire.
The hotel is located within easy reach of Oxford city centre and its historic and cultural attractions, Bicester Village shopping outlet, and premium science and business hub Milton Park.
Main contractors for the hotel construction were Bowmer and Kirkland.
The six storey hotel was constructed on an empty site and is structured around a steel frame with concrete floors, with external elevations in natural slate to the ground floor and various metal finishes on the floors above.
The 170 welcoming guest rooms with full height windows feature complimentary Wi-Fi, 55-inch TVs with Chromecast technology, rainfall showers, comfortable Hypnos beds, and Nespresso machines. Guests can also unwind in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.
The hotel’s signature all-day dining restaurant, The Oxen Bar & Grill, presents seasonal British-inspired and international cuisine in a relaxed setting with its open pizza kitchen, all-weather alfresco dining terrace, and urban lounge bar.
Courtyard Oxford South is the ideal venue for a memorable event or conference. Four spacious meeting rooms, with natural daylight and equipped with the latest technology, offer 185 square metres of versatile meeting and function space, with the largest area able to cater for 120 delegates.
The hotel is owned by Reef Estates Hotels, a private property development and investment company and operated by EQ Hotels. Jason Russell, Design Director of Reef Group, said:
“The ground floor of the building includes a reception area, a shop, a bar and restaurant, gym and a meeting/conference centre, with the remainder of the building being occupied by back of house facilities and bedrooms.
“The interior was designed by our in-house design team Urban Reef and features bespoke contemporary furniture and fittings throughout. The design theme has three key inspirations – history, science and nature. Artwork featuring scenes of old Oxford is featured throughout the hotel.
“The hotel was completed at the end of November 2018 and the main contractors did a great job with the project running fairly smoothly. We are very pleased with the building which looks good. This was a very successful project.”
The addition of Courtyard Oxford South brings the brand’s footprint in Europe to over 60 hotels.
“Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South is an excellent gateway to discover the unique attractions of this historic area,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium and Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. “Whether our guests are in Oxfordshire for business or pleasure, they are sure to enjoy an authentic local experience that inspires them to both work and play.”
Further hotel openings are anticipated over the next couple of years in key growth markets including Germany, UK, and France, as well as new markets including Armenia, Iceland, and Finland.
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 129 countries and territories.
Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world.
The company also operates award-winning loyalty programmes: Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest.
Envisage is an interior furnishing solutions specialist working with property investors, developers and operators throughout the UK. The company focuses on four key areas – refurbishment, conversion, fit-out and contract furniture – and has the capabilities to oversee a project from end-to-end for apartments, hotels, student accommodation and more.
Jake Whiteside, Director of Envisage, said:
“When we become involved with a project we like to think we’re taking on the burden of that project and if we have the opportunity to provide our full service, our approach removes all of the concerns, worries and uncertainties from the client’s shoulders.”
“Once we hand over a room or a living space it is fully furnished and ready to go.”
Recently, Envisage has provided a full service package on Courtyard by Marriott Oxford. Working closely with the team, Envisage adhered to the Marriott brand requirements, ensured the project met the client’s vision and was delivered within budget.
Commenting on the project, Jake said:
“It was an absolute pleasure to be involved with Courtyard by Marriott Oxford. This was our first Marriott project, so we were not only pleased to be involved, but also delighted with the finished result.
“We’ve worked with Reef Estates previously, and to be able to support them on such a flagship project was fantastic.”
“At Envisage we pride ourselves on our ability not just to deliver furniture, or carry out a scope of works, but rather to deliver successfully completed projects, whatever that entails.”
Hospitality Contract specialises in producing and delivering high quality, bespoke furniture and upholstery solutions for the hospitality sector. With more than 40 years’ of experience in producing furniture for hotels, the company has the capabilities to coordinate full FF&E packages and turnkey solutions for hospitality projects.
Hospitality Contract’s project management department got off the ground in 2015, when the company supplied loose furniture to the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre. Since this time, the company has supplied FF&E solutions to Courtyard by Marriot, Hyatt Regency Hotels, Park Plaza Hotels and many other independent hotels in UK.
More recently, Hospitality Contract has been involved with the work on Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South. Hospitality Contract became a part of the project during early discussions, with Reef Estates delivering the case goods packages and Hospitality Contract supplying the loose furniture to the rooms.
Carlos Oliveira, Sales & Marketing Director for Hospitality Contract, said:
“This is the second Courtyard by Marriot we have supplied products to within the last couple of years. We understand the required quality standards of the brand and it is a pleasure to see the end result of our efforts.”
“At Hospitality Contract we pride ourselves in our problem-solving skills which have helped us develop strong working relationships.”