The Brit List 2021

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Editor’s Letter In life, when the going gets tough, I go sailing! Recently, I ventured so far that the British Isles started to disappear. It was bliss. The perception of time faded. While respecting the North Sea and its unpredictable mood swings, I became totally at one with – and lost in – nature. When we felt ready to return to phone signal and the stability of land, I simply steered the boat south, allowed the wind to fill the sails and watched the nose of our boat carve through the surface of the sea, like a knife through melted butter. As the smell of land hit us – that morning dew which hadn’t quite evaporated yet – I realised how beautiful this small (yet mighty) speck of land, known as Great Britain, really is.

provided life rafts (say no more). As the 20ft waves tossed the fleet’s bearings off course and into unchartered waters, survival mode kicked in. It took a while, but the howling winds eventually softened, the sun emerged, and the elements calmed into a glass-like state, which is where, metaphorically, we are today, bobbing around in a flat ocean, feeling small, vulnerable and somewhat isolated from the rest of the world. But, with a bit of maintenance, structural repair, and clear communications, together we are finding our rhythm; in unison hoisting our sails and beginning a new journey, much more meaningful than the one before.

Pre-pandemic, before PCR tests and trafficlight tourism existed, the hotel design industry was also sailing, of sorts. It was effortlessly surfing on the crest of the perfect wave while cruising downwind in a vast wilderness. There were more development projects in the pipeline than ever before and acquisitions of new hotel properties were being signed daily, and brands were strategically arriving in new tourist territories. But the issue with sailing, like all extreme sports, is that there’s a fine line between unmatched, adrenaline-driven moments and disaster.

At the very least, we will emerge from the pandemic having gained a new perspective, with greater empathy for those who are sailing around us, having learned new skills, and having found robust solutions to confront the challenges as well as future storms that inevitably lie ahead. With what I have seen in the entries of The Brit List Awards 2021 – pure innovation, determination and pioneering examples of strength and unity that are etched in each profile within this list of the 75 individuals who are navigating hotel design and hospitality forward – together we really can change the perception of the world around us. After all, those who can bend with the wind will weather the storm.

Ultimately, without warning, the mother of all storms arrived in 2020, and as vessels were hit hard, the casualty numbers climbed. Some design studios sadly didn’t make it. Others found new currents. Meanwhile those working in the service end of the hospitality industry were forced to abandon the safety of their hulls, to instead drift in government-



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meet the judges Lindsey Rendall, President, BIID – Lindsey Rendall, President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), is the Co-Founder of interior design firm Rendall & Wright, which was established in 2006. Rendall’s enthusiasm and attention to detail makes her a highly respected member of this year’s panel.

Lester Bennett, Past President, BIID – This is the second year that Lester Bennett, Past President of the BIID has joined the judging panel. With more than 30 years’ experience in interior design, Bennett has built up a stunning portfolio of high-profile residential developments both in the UK and overseas.

Lisa Grainger, Deputy and Travel Editor, Times Luxx – Viewing this year’s entries through a slightly different set of lenses over the likes of design, architecture and hospitality professionals, Lisa Grainger is an award-winning travel journalist who has worked for The Times – from the arts and news desks to The Times Magazine and Times LUXX – since 1995.

Frank M. Pfaller, President, HoteliersGuild – Frank M. Pfaller, the President of HoteliersGuild, joins the panel with his ‘no two people are alike’ attitude. Pfaller believes that while every property must meticulously reach and maintain highest standards of quality and personalised guest services, none should have to bear the dull stamp of conformity.

Dereck & Beverly Joubert, filmmakers and owners, Great Plains – Dereck and Beverly Joubert are world-renowned wildlife filmmakers and are the founders of Great Plains, an authentic, unique and iconic leading tourism conservation organisation.

Ngahuia Damerell, Senior Design Project Manager, Premium & Luxury Brands Design Solutions, Design & Technical Services, Accor – Ngahuia Damerell, on the Board of Directors for the NEWH Paris Chapter, joins the panel to assist in the judging for the Rising Star Award, following Accor’s commitment to support young talent with the Accor Design Awards.

Hamish Kilburn, Editor, Hotel Designs – Leading the judging panel is Hamish Kilburn, Editor of Hotel Designs. In his role at the helm of all editorial decisions for the brand, Kilburn reviews design-led hotels around the globe and publishes the latest news and engaging features, addressing topical issues, such as sustainability, designing with purpose and global hotel development.


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Alan McVitty, Founder & CEO, M Studio London Alan McVitty has worked within the interior design industry for more than 30 years and his portfolio reflects his distinctive, elegant style. The variety of projects, including the recently opened InterContinental Porto, which shelters a fresh interior design scheme, offer endless opportunities creatively, which McVitty and the team at M Studio London thrive on. The cross over from high-end residential to luxury hotel and cruise ship projects, as well as a deep understanding around materiality, gives M Studio London the knowhow to layer the interiors in the brands’ hallmark understated style. McVitty leads a team of multi-talented designers from the London studio.

Alex Kravetz, Principal & Creative Director, Alex Kravetz Design With projects from the Middle East and Africa to Europe and the USA, Alex Kravetz is truly an international interior designer. His clients range from private individuals to independent hotels and major global operators. The designer not only strives to create interiors that are both timeless and elegant, but through storytelling and brand creation looks at all aspects of the project to create a compelling and immersive narrative. For example, The Carlton hotel project had a very strong concept from the outset, based on the client and Kravetz’s shared vision and market positioning for the hotel. The designer and his team developed the story of The Carlton as a hip and progressive grand hotel in the heart of the city of music, re-joining the line-up of great, grand hotels in Katowice, Poland. Turning the traditional perception of a grand hotel on its head, The Carlton is a gravitating magnet yet also a paradox. A fusion of styles from both past and present, a juxtaposition of classical versus modernistic, the old versus the new. All of these paradoxes co-exist together at The Carlton, captivated through the movement of music. This vision for the hotel, was paramount to what Kravetz would do for the interiors and was woven into the brand narrative all the way through.



Beverley Bayes, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Sparcstudio Beverley Bayes has a unique signature style that effortlessly blends form and function with informality and a touch of ‘barefoot luxury’. Over 10 ten years, she has helped to transform and create ‘gamechanging’ hotel spa and wellness facilities. Her portfolio includes Calot Spa, Dormy House Spa, Cottonmill at Sopwell House and the Spa at South Lodge (among others). Bayes’ human-centric approach is ‘ahead of the curve’, always seeking to establish a link to the outside and nature. Calcot Spa had one of the first spa gardens in the UK with its iconic slate lined hydro pool and Cotswold stone fireplace and more recently she completed South Lodge Spa’s natural swimming pool. Most recently, Bayes has completed the interior design scheme of the new spa inside London’s iconic Harrods. Clara Mason, Interior Designer, Dexter Moren Associates Clara Mason joined Dexter Moren Associates in 2017 as a junior interior designer with a background in designing F&B spaces in the UK and internationally, and has built upon this experience to establish herself as a valued member of the interior design team. In the following four years, Mason has worked on numerous major hotel projects from large scale developments to small independent hotels. Throughout the challenges of the past year, Mason has pushed herself professionally and has stepped up to become project lead on some of DMA’s key projects, including a luxury destination wine bar, part of the Nine Elms development, and a 100-key hotel refurbishment in West London. Most recently, she has played a key role in the design and delivery of the Westin Hotel City of London, a 220 room 5* property, which includes 10 suites and nine private residences, due to open later this year and the first of its brand in the UK. Mason is passionate about creating timeless spaces that are responsive to their environments and user needs. Striving to push the boundaries of conventional design, she believes that the opportunity to influence how people interact with the world is a particularly exciting part of the work that we do. She is instinctively artistic with a keen sense of commercial awareness and has committed to honing her skills creatively, technically and administratively, and furthermore displays a strong team spirit. Clara has proven herself to be a highly driven and wellrounded designer.



Craig McKie, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Bell & Swift Described as the ‘beating heart’ of the creative process at Bell & Swift, Craig McKie creates impactful, locally relevant, insight-fuelled design concepts and is known for pushing design boundaries. As Co-Founder of Bell & Swift, with more than 12 years’ experience in hospitality design, he leads the creative process and guides the team to deliver exceptional results. As an active collaborator with a foundation in construction, McKie’s drive and experience in taking complex projects to completion and maintaining the design integrity throughout the entire process, will guarantee the final product looks every bit as good as the initial concept. Mckie is also passionate about giving young designers the opportunity to gain experience in our industry. He recognises how hard the last year has been for young designers starting out and how important it is for the future that they are given the chance to grow and develop their skills and experience in the field. Dale Atkinson, Founder, Rosendale Design Dedicating his life to his passion, Dale Atkinson takes pride in his design aesthetic, rich in tradition and yet creatively contemporary, utilising research as the bedrock of all projects, allowing each project to possess a unique environment. June 2021 saw the opening of Mykonos Social at the renowned Santa Marina Resort, on the vibrant island of Mykonos. Here, the studio was commissioned to create spaces both internally and externally that celebrated Greek culture. Another recent project, The Stafford Park Suite, marks what has been a long, successful client-designer relationship between the hotel and the studio. It started with the award-winning restaurant, Game Bird – the first project for Rosendale Design at The Stafford that opened in 2017. After receiving glowing plaudits, the studio revitalised the illustrious American Bar, one of the longest surviving American bars in London. These acclaimed projects were followed by the 2020 debut of the fourth and fifth floor main house rooms, and finally, The Stafford Park Suite.


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David Mason, Head of Hospitality, Scott Brownrigg David Mason has 25 years’ experience in interior design, predominately located in London as well as living and working in Australia and Beijing. His career spans across all sectors but his main focus is hospitality and high-end residential. After joining Scott Brownrigg in 2016, he has helped strengthen the studio’s design aesetic and leads multiple teams in delivering exemplar and award-winning projects, including the arrival of Hard Rock Hotels brand in London. Current projects include a 226-key hotel and public area refurbishment in Stratford, East London, which is about to start on site and the design of an experiential immersive hotel for a major lifestyle brand. In addition, Mason has recently been part of a campaign, led by Hotel Designs and supported by NEWH, to support young designers who are struggling to find the first step on the ladder. He took part in an interview, helmed by a young designer, and shared his knowledge, experience and advice on how young designers can progress post-university. Ed Warner, CEO & Founder, Motionspot Since launching Motionspot in 2012, Ed Warner has developed the studio to become an award-winning design company, recognised by RIBA. He has worked with hundreds of home owners, businesses, occupational therapists, architects and interior designers, helping deliver beautifully designed access for all. In 2019, Warner was appointed as the UK Government Champion for Accessible Design of Spaces and Products. Last year, he and his team completed Hotel Brooklyn, regarded as the UK’s most accessible design-led hotel. Bringing New York flare to Manchester, the hotel provides 189 rooms that are set across 10 storeys with conference rooms, a restaurant and bar on the ground floor and mini cinema in the lobby. But what really makes this hotel special is its commitment to design-led accessibility throughout the entire hotel. This was central to the design and build of the property, which shelters nine wheelchair accessible bedrooms – including the first hotel in Manchester with ceiling track hoists – and nine ambulant accessible bedrooms.



Fiona Thompson, Principal, Richmond International Last year’s winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry award, Fiona Thompson is one of the UK’s leading and mostrespected hospitality interior designers – and for good reason. Richmond International, a studio that Thompson was adamant to remain in London when a few years ago she rejected the opportunity to expand overseas, has completed projects such as Sandy Lane in Barbados, Rosewood Miramar Beach, The London West Hollywood and a cluster of Four Seasons and Langham Hotels properties (to name a few). What’s more, Hotel Designs has seen first-hand Thompson’s support for the next generation of designers – a sign of a real leader – such as putting forward her own employees who were shortlisted for the 30-under-30 campaign that the publication launched in 2018.

Geraldine Dohogne, Founder, Beyond Design An unorthodox beginning to Geraldine Dohogne’s career began on the operational side of hospitality, with Zannier Hotels. However, it was not long until her natural gifts and undeniable talent as a designer began to shine through, and led her to become the brand’s Design Director. Her career blossomed out of pure love for design and, last year, Dohogne set up her own studio, Beyond Design. With each project, she brings positive social impacts, sustainable literacy and fresh inspiration drawn from each country and culture. The naturally born designer is currently working on the development of Grandvoir, nestled in the Ardennes, Belgium, which is due to open in Autumn 2022 as a masterful expression of biophilic design. 84 cottages will span over 60 acres in the pocket of pristine vegetation. The project will bring children’s education in nature and regenerative sustainability to the forefront. With educational paths, stimulating architecture and mindful wildlife watching, the project will be driven by our humanistic need, for both adult and child, to play and reconnect. What’s more, all products will be locally grown, made or found.


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a true collaboration In association with Areen Design, Conran and Partners and stroop design, WFHotel is a new installation that will be unveiled at HIX Event. The project, which is currently coming to together, explores the role hotel design can play in creating productive, fluid and creative workplaces. Joel Butler, Co-Founder of HIX Event, sets the scene for what we should expect…

The entire world once travelled to an office from nine to five, five days a week. On occasion, they’d visit a hotel for a business lunch or to grab a quiet spot to work from. And then, one day, it all suddenly stopped. The workplace as we knew it before became baron. The home, meanwhile, became the new office – and through creativity, optimism and technology, people adapted; they simply kept on working. Now, as the world re-opens, something has changed forever. It will never go back to what it was and through this, a brave new world, is being written.


The collaborative concept

With this in mind, HIX Event will unveil its WFHotel installation, which will consist of an urban community green, where the three studios will create their own pavilion, surrounded by furniture settings that invite guests to sit down and define their own work, whether it be at-show meetings, networking, catching up on emails, or simply sitting and being. On the topic of the way we work, it was Conran and Partners that suggested functionally – any surface top can be worked from, but it’s the environment that changes things. Areen Design proposed a journey towards the inner sanctum or a cocoon, “which becomes this beautiful, magical object of mystery, wonder and allure,” said Balkaran Bassan, Senior Designer, Areen Design. Vince Stroop, Founder of stroop design, found inspiration in the nature of an urban park and “the transformational activities that have emerged as lifestyle staples of the post pandemic world.” As well as the three collaborating studios, guests will be invited to enjoy furniture experiences with Carl Hansen, Frederica, Morgan Furniture, Kettal and more. Other supporters of the experience include Robena Contract Furnishings and Double Decker. The WFHotel talk with Hotel Designs takes place on November 18 at 13:45 - and in the spirit of the project, it will be a collaborative conversation.



Hamish Brown, Director, 1508 London Director Hamish Brown and CEO Stuart Horwood are the Partners of 1508 London design studio, specialising in private residential, hospitality and multi-unit developments as well as yachts and product design created 12 years ago. Deeply rooted on a collaborative approach, the designs are derived from measured principles, inspired by history, geography and the local architectural vernacular. The studio’s expertise extends across all stages of design and construction; from feasibility studies, planning applications, conceptual and detailed design through to monitoring construction on-site, procurement, dressing and hand-over, ensuring each project is finished to the highest level of quality. With offices spreading across four continents, 1508 London offers a world leading design service with a global reach. 1508 London is currently designing an important historical Townhouse in London, an incredible property in Reykjavík, Iceland and Villas in South of France and Italy. In addition to private clients, 1508 also have a dedicated team, fully experienced in designing larger scale projects such as The Raffles Residences at the OWO (the old war office) a landmark in London, a new Four Seasons Resort in the Middle East and The Rosewood Doha that will be ready for the World Cup 2022. Henry Chebaane, Founder & Creative Director, Blue Sky Hospitality Since opening his studio in 2002, Henry Chebaane has developed an all-encompassing approach to designing hospitality spaces that are more akin to film and stage productions. Always starting with a compelling concept with a story to tell, his interiors are meticulously articulated through script-writing, stage-setting, scenography, architecture and product design, immersing staff and customers into experiential transactions within each project – think modern-day Oliver Messel. His eclectic design philosophy has led him to work for large brands such as Four Seasons, InterContinental, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott as well as independent hotels and restaurants. Each project, which recently includes Voco, The Hague, The Megaro at Kings Cross in London and Andaz Prague, shelters thought-provoking art installations that he creates himself, enabling multiple levels of engagement for the public: from simply entertaining to often deeper introspection into culture, sociology, ecology and animal welfare.



Hilary Lancaster, CEO & Interior Designer, Fusion Interiors Group Australian by origin, Hilary Lancaster is an award-winning interior designer with more than 25 years’ experience, designing internationally for some of the world’s most high-profile clients and projects. After returning to the UK in 2015, following a few international design ventures, she won a series of hotel projects in Amsterdam. Adding to the melting-pot of her experience and widening even further her knowledge of various cultures, she experienced their ways of living and working and expanded her connections in the industry from suppliers to investors to hoteliers and private clients. Her design for The Hendrick’s Hotel in Amsterdam is well-known for its charm and uniqueness, sheltering just 25 rooms in an old Canal House. The designer is very interested in developing her interest in sustainability in design. She is appreciative of the opportunity given to her by Club Med that enabled her to deliver her first sustainable resort for Club Med in the Dominican Republic. Following this, she is planning on working on more sustainability-led projects in the Caribbean and globally. Ilse Crawford, Founder, StudioIlse Ilse Crawford, who was the Founding Editor of Elle Decoration UK, is now the driving force at Studioilse. Over two decades – in which time she has published a handful books – she has pioneered humanistic design in its real-life application to environments, objects and experiences by addressing true human needs (not manufactured ones). As a meaningful designer, who once said, “design is a verb, not a noun,” her portfolio includes Ett Hem, Babbington House, Soho House New York and Kranzbach Hotel – as well as designing innovative products (or ‘things’ as they are described on her website) such as the Together Table, the Touch Collection and the iconic Ilse Sofa. One of her most recent projects is located in Hong Kong. Carlyle & Co., Rosewood Hotels’ debut members’ club opened earlier this year, presenting a new style of the private membership experience.


From Top Right: Hotel Le Coucou in Meribel, where Editor Hamish Kilburn and Lisa Grainger first met.


L isa Grainger With the fundemental aim to deepen the meaning of this year’s campaign, The Brit List Awards 2021 invited Lisa Grainger, Deputy and Travel Editor of Times Luxx, to join the judging panel. Ahead of the awards, Editor Hamish Kilburn went to meet her…

premises greener – to work in alignment with the natural world around them. At last, their long-held values have begun to filter into the rest of the world. Hotels now cannot ignore sustainability because their guests really care. It’s one of the few positive changes to have impacted our industry recently.

In January 2019, weeks before the world as we knew it changed forever, I found myself on a press trip in the French Alps, in Meribel, to explore and review the destination’s new fashion-forward hotel. In between ski runs and while checked in to the rather swanky Hotel Le Coucou, designed by Pierre Yovanovitch, I met Lisa Grainger, a fire-cracker of a travel writer, who soon became a judge for The Brit List Awards 2021.

HK: Your wings were somewhat clipped during the pandemic. What did you discover during your staycations? LG: That being at home, instead of endlessly tearing about on a hamster wheel, can be rather wonderful: seeing neighbours, digging the garden, baking, doing yoga. We’ve also been reminded of the beauty of what’s around us: Britain is the most beautiful set of islands, and the British such interesting, and varied, people. I’ve learnt so much about my own countrymen and women in the past 18 months – and loved seeing how different our lives are, whether that’s lobstermen in Scotland and sheep farmers in Yorkshire or the postman in Peckham.

Hamish Kilburn: In your opinion, what makes British hospitality across lifestyle and luxury so unique? Lisa Grainger: Our long history of hospitality is legendary. For centuries, the aristocracy lived lives of luxury, a whole industry was created around it – so we have swathes of beautiful old homes across the country that now welcome paying guests, fabulous furnishings, art and interiors to wonder at, and good food that’s produced on our doorsteps. We really do have it all: history, culture, architecture and art – and fabulous nature.

HK: In your opinion, are you expecting people to travel drastically differently in the postpandemic world? LG: The word mindful is over-used - but I do hope that people do think more about where they are going, what their impact will be, and why they’re going.

HK: Were there any trends of themes that particularly stood out in this year’s entries?

HK: Where’s next on your travel bucket list?

LG: Sustainability. Having travelled to Africa most of my working life, I’ve seen for decades what hoteliers have done there to make their

LG: In my dreams, I would like to experience Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana – where I was meant to go 18 months ago!



Jeremy Grove, Managing Director, Sibley Grove For more than 10 years, Sibley Grove has been considered a pioneering studio in the world of interiors and sustainability. During a difficult 2020, Jeremy Grove, after winning The Eco Award at The Brit List Awards 2020, has continued to lead the team on forward-thinking projects. KAUST Hotel in Jeddah was completed in September, 2021. The hotel is on the site of the world’s largest LEED accredited university campus; it is more than 22,000sqm and consists of 300 guestrooms and suites, conference centres, restaurants, a gym and fitness centre, and a rooftop terrace and restaurant. Grove approached the interior design from a human scale, celebrating the seven-metre ground floor ceiling heights and creating warmth and intimacy through the introduction of lighting rafts, screens and partitioning. The ambition for the guestrooms was to create the feeling of a luxury apartment. The materials, palette and layout reflect a relaxed residential scheme, rather than a more formal/generic hotel guestroom. The team at Sibley Grove have spent many years visiting factories and building relationships with suppliers and manufacturers to ensure supply chains are as sustainable and ethical as possible.

Kirsty Vance, Senior Designer, I-AM London I-AM London has been a fundamental partner in successfully designing the interiors for a number of hotels, including the Center Hotel Laugavegur in Iceland. For Laugavegur, Kirsty Vance and her team used their ideation process to capture the brand’s values and translate it across the building’s interiors, while effectively attracting the target audience. I-AM London created the ‘stay like a local’ philosophy for the group, which led the concept of the lobby design. Encompassing both the hotel reception and a guest lounge, the lobby features a concierge desk, luggage locker wall and area for guests to digitally book tours and trips. The waiting area incorporates a feature wall showcasing various Icelandic curiosities and providing an insight into the local culture. It also has a flexi-space that guests can use to work or relax, creating an atmosphere that aims to feel like a home away from home.



Marie Soliman, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Bergman Interiors Following five years at HBA London working as Projects Senior Designer, Marie Soliman together with partner Albin Burgland, launched Bergman Interiors in 2016 with the aim to establish a design studio that focused on tailored briefs, redefining luxury and delivering bespoke experiences within the hospitality arena. The designer and her team are currently working on a new luxury hospitality experience at Silverstone, while helping to develop a revolutionary hospitality concept, called The Other House. Launching in Spring 2022, the brand’s first hotel, located in South Kensington, promises to combine world-class design with a decidedly clubby feel to encourage a new generation of long and short-term guests to make Southwest London their home. Effortlessly and elegantly combining home comforts with hotel style facilities, whatever the length of stay, The Other House South Kensington will offer 200 signature fully fitted and contemporary classic Club Flats – for leisure travellers and corporate visitors alike. And that’s just the beginning. Following Burglund winning Interior Designer of The Year at The Brit List Awards 2020, the team have recently expanded, and in the process launched Njord by Bergman Design House, which is travelling at full-force to design tomorrow’s fleet of luxury superyachts. Mark Bithrey, Founder & Creative Director, B3 Designers With 20 years’ experience, Mark Bithrey’s approach to design is always first to ensure operational efficiency – whether that’s in hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, or homes. For the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, the design challenge posed to B3 Designers was multifold. The property was split into two, to accommodate two Marriott brands – Sheraton and Marriott. B3 Designers was tasked with designing the entire interiors for the common areas at the Sheraton, and some shared areas between the two hotels: lobby, check-in, F&B spaces, lounge and business meetings areas. The HOSHO Hostel in Paris was another challenging hotel/ accommodation project that Bithrey and his team worked on, which was launched in early 2021. Catering to young travellers and families, this hostel needed to sleep guests in bunk beds, which B3 Designers designed, while offering a cool and fun F&B space, locker area, and laundry section.


(Un)ethical design: “ N o b o dy w i l l a r g u e w i t h data” Hamish Kilburn, Editor, Hotel Designs, gets tangled in a web of lies and misinformation when exploring the human cost of unethical manufacturing, driven largely by the demand for cheap products…

I believe designers should be responsible for challenging manufacturers and brands – and if they have access, then also the manufacturing process behind products. Together, we can demand a better standard, globally, and hopefully make an impact.

On a roundtable I hosted recently with a handful of designers, we focused the spotlight on ‘unethical lighting solutions’. The conversation was born during a purposeful introduction to Chris Stimson, the Founder of lighting brand Well-Lit, who made it his mission a few years ago to expose factories abroad that are sheltering abhorrent ethical standards. While learning more about his investigative experience, which led to no less than three Chinese arrests, I started to understand how we could have gotten ourselves into this mess. Sadly, as briefs and deadlines become tighter, budgets have to work harder. Therefore, the demand for cheap specification in this fastturn-around society takes precedent. As a result, this is one area of the interior design arena that will unfortunately continue to fall into what will soon become disrepair if we don’t take drastic action. Thousands of miles away from the comfort of design studios in the western world, human beings are the victims of what I can only describe as modern slavery. To all brands that are currently using marketing tools to amplify ethical, feel-good messages, I urge you to consider thoroughly which factories you decide to partner with. Ask difficult questions. Become a nuisance. Demand the data to back up the grand statements you will undoubtedly receive when hearing about the care of and working conditions for the factory

workers. This is the only way to separate quality craftsmanship from cheap labour. Even then, with the best will in the world and by asking all the right questions, brands can be lied to and fed misinformation.

However, even with the best will in the world, suppliers and designers alike will get so far before they find a black hole of information, especially when tracing raw materials. Unfortunately, without hard regulations in place, this will always be the case – but it seems we can, as an industry, be doing more to identify quality craftsmanship. This is why it is so important for brands to know what happens under the roofs of the factories that are producing their products – the more information you can gather in this area, the better equipped you will be to help create an ethical design landscape that doesn’t sacrifice the welfare of people over price (and quality). It’s a difficult yet important road to travel for the greater good of design and humanity, but it is not all doom and gloom. I am pleased to see that brands are, it seems, working hard to amplify craftsmanship and authentic design. In the roundtable, I learned that Ennismore is only interested in working with brands that can prove their products have been made ethically. Perhaps, I hope, the tight-knit design team at the London-based studio can set the tone for others to follow. Over to you…




Neil Andrew, Head of Hospitality, Perkins&Will Neil Andrew joined Perkins&Will in 2020 to head up hospitality projects for interior design and architecture – and there was no time for a gentle ‘easing in’ period. Since joining the company, Andrew has led the design for the public areas of Hilton London Metropole which opened in September 2020. As one of the largest conference hotels in Europe, the Metropole boasts some vast spaces, and so the challenge as architects and interior designers was to bring those down to a human scale, creating intimate pockets within the larger spaces. At the same time, it was important to balance design flair and concept narrative with a practicality which would meet the functional requirements of the property – as it caters for conference and leisure guests. Currently, Perkins&Will are developing its Net Zero Pledge for Hospitality, which will see the team set a target of producing 100 per cent Net Zero design by 2030. Nicholas J Hickson, Founder & Partner, THDP Nicholas J Hickson, with more than 34 years’ experience, has extensive knowledge and understanding within the hotel design arena. His diverse contemporary approach to traditional manufacturing ideas, combined with his attention to detail, delivers inspirational client led solutions. He has extensive experience with hotel interior architecture, schematic planning, FF&E selection & custom design, and procurement strategies. He has a contemporary approach to traditional manufacturing, combined with his attention to detail, he delivers inspirational interiors. In terms of projects, he and his team completed the interiors inside the Hilton DoubleTree Roma Monti in April. Last year THDP also completed Indigo Verona, Terme di Saturnia, Hilton Frankfurt City Centre. In addition, the studio has recently finished a brand-new RG Naxos hotel that will become a Marriott next year, as well as more projects in Venice. In addition, Hickson is a well-versed speaker on the international hotel design scene. He recently joined Hotel Designs LIVE, a unique online conference that was launched during the Covid-19 crisis, to explore the topic of bathrooms beyond practical spaces.



Scott Torrance, Head of Interiors, 3DReid Scott Torrance leads the interiors team at 3DReid and works on a diverse range of interior projects and sectors designing three-, four- and fivestar hotels, bars and restaurants, F&B operations, hospitality lounges, residential including student residences, retail, leisure, health and wellbeing and workplace environments. Torrance has extensive experience, particularly within the hotel sector, working collaboratively with clients throughout the UK and abroad. He is responsible for all aspects of projects from managing initial concept design to project delivery on site and has a particular interest in historic buildings, specifically their change of use and reinvention into hotels. He has worked on the following selected hospitality projects, including the British Airways Lounge in Aberdeen, Goodwood Hotel in Chichester, Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station, KM Central in Edinburgh, Masson House Hotel in Edinburgh, Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket and V&A Hotel in Manchester (among others).

Simon Kincaid, Partner, Conran and Partners Simon Kincaid joined Conran and Partners in 2006, became a Director in 2016 and a Partner in 2018. His work for the studio covers various typologies including residential, hotel, restaurant and retail projects, across international markets. Collaboration is a central part of Kincaid’s approach and his projects acknowledge the importance of working closely with specialist design and brand consultants, engineers and fabricators. He approaches any interior design project with the complete building and the way in which individuals use – and relate to – the design in mind, irrespective of the scope of the brief. It’s a process that focuses on the quality of the journey which residents, guests or customers make through spaces, and how well-considered design can encourage personal engagement with buildings and interiors. This holistic approach allows him to marry the interiors of a building with the exterior, considering the journey to and through a building and space throughout the design.



Simon Rawlings, Creative Director, David Collins Studio As Creative Director of David Collins Studio, Simon Rawlings has overseen the realisation of some of the world’s most iconic hospitality, residential and retail spaces. In the course of more than two decades at the studio, he has collaborated with clients such as Harrods, Alexander McQueen and Mandarin Oriental, both in reinventing prominent buildings and establishing important new landmarks. His most recent headline-grabbing project was Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, which, unavailingly was forced to confront the pressures of the pandemic by opening its hotel as the UK went into a national lockdown. Despite this, its contemporary approach to both aesthetics and hospitality, has kept it on the agenda of modern travellers and design enthusiasts. The hotel’s design takes cues from Japanese architectural disciplines and minimalist design, whilst utilising a refined colour palette influenced by heritage Japanese colour combinations. Located in the heart of central London’s Marylebone area, the new luxury hotel features 249 guestrooms and suites, Nobu’s world-class restaurant, a ballroom and meeting spaces – all beautifully conceptualised by David Collins Studio, with architecture by Make Architects.

Suzanne Garuda, Principal Designer, Garuda Design The Garuda vision, led by Suzanne Garuda, is luxurious but creative and fluid. The team creates interiors for a rich kaleidoscope of tastes, but communication is at the heart of everything they do. The studio matches aesthetics to the architecture and purpose of the space and the lifestyle of the client – or customer in commercial work. There is no single Garuda style – as you scroll through the portfolio, you begin to notice that each project has its own unique story and vision. The studio consists of architectural technologists, design experts, and specialists in commercial and residential work. The studio works with multi-talented artisans, who vary from design to design. NYX Hotels, a brand that the studio is working with, shelters a unique cluster of lifestyle hotels. Each amplifies the vibrancy of the cities they are in, while also being destinations of relaxed luxury. NYX Hotel London Holborn, which the studio recently completed, is perfectly located on Southampton Row in the Midtown area between the City and London’s West End. At NYX Hotel London Holborn, London’s electrifying spirit does not stop at the front door, but instead flows throughout and inspires everything you see, hear, taste and experience.



Tina Norden, Partner, Conran and Partners Tina Norden’s energy is infectious – not a word we use lightly (especially following recent events). She is an architect and interior designer with a truly diverse portfolio, which stretches across many contexts and continents, from hotel and restaurant design to high-end residential. Norden’s unique, concept-driven approach has shaped the way in which the whole studio presents its work and was influential in the creation of Conran and Partners’ first monograph which was published last autumn. Recently completed projects include the new five-star Park Hyatt hotel in Auckland, FEAST within Hong Kong’s iconic EAST hotel, a new dining destination and members’ club within London’s Taj Hotel and the Peninsula Boutique and Café in Hong Kong.


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THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Alastair Shepherd, Director, Falconer Chester Hall Architects Following his arrival at Falconer Chester Hall Architects in 1999, Alastair Shepherd was appointed as a Director in 2007. Since then, he has been instrumental in delivering award-winning residential and commercial schemes across the country. Most recently, his focus has been on delivering large scale regeneration projects with a particular expertise in the private rental sector. Cue the launch of The Other House, a new revolutionary hospitality concept that will have the body of a hotel, the heart of serviced apartments and the soul of a private members’ club. Shepherd is currently working on the conversion of the brand’s first property, Harrington Hall in South Kensington. He and his team have been tasked to transform the heritage building into a luxury hotel that will open in 2022 while also designing the brand’s second hotel, which will sit majestically in Covent Garden.

Amrit Naru, Studio Director, ADP Architecture Amrit Naru is a Studio Director at ADP Architecture and leads the Newcastle studio. ADP Architecture has been designing exceptional buildings since 1965, and the architecture and interior design teams are working on an evergrowing portfolio of exciting hotel and leisure projects. The studio works with international brands, and it is currently delivering high quality buildings and interiors for clients across the globe. With an extensive knowledge in the healthcare sector, Naru has worked on a range of primary health care, specialist care, mental health and acute hospitals. His interest in healthcare design is further strengthened by his outside academic interests in medical health planning and elderly care in Europe and America. Naru also has extensive experience in the hospitality sector, delivering architectural and interior-led hotel projects. In addition, he has also contributed to a number of thought-provoking articles on Hotel Designs on topics such as public spaces, green hospitality and community-driven hotel design.


A starck comparison The world-renowned designer Philippe Starck has unveiled White Tulip, his first complete bathroom range produced entirely for Duravit. This versatile series conveys an almost sculptural feel; the elegant shapes echo the organic silhouette of a tulip in bloom... Philippe Starck, world-famous creator with multifaceted inventiveness, is always focused on the essential, his vision: that creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. This philosophy has made him one of the pioneers and central figures of the concept of ‘democratic design’. Unveiling his first complete bathroom range produced entirely for Duravit, the White Tulip collection features unusually shaped components, and follows the organic silhouette of a blooming tulip and unfolds in an almost sculptural way. The monolithic design of the free-standing ceramic washbasin within the collection is particularly eye-catching. The washbasin can be attached to the wall or the floor as required whilst the circular above-counter basins have a delicately outward sloping edge. The White Tulip furniture has miter-cut, extremely finely crafted edges, and comes in a wide variety of widths between 350 and 1,300 mm, and is available in a choice of five high-quality colours with high gloss, satin matt lacquer; a solid wood finish of natural oak or American walnut may also be selected.

Fitted with ring pull handles, the drawers feature a self-close action. The variant without a handle also features tip-on technology, enabling the drawers to be opened with a gentle tap. The matching mirrors in the series can be controlled by sensors or an app and the mirrored glass has been brought forward. This makes the mirror’s surface appear almost transparent around the illuminated area. The free-standing bathtub with its seamless acrylic panelling mirrors the form of the ceramics. There are two versions, round and oval (the oval option also comes in 1600x900 mm for smaller rooms). White Tulip also includes the first range of taps developed by Starck. They are easy to operate thanks to the polished surface, whilst the 160 finely engraved vertical stripes produce a truly sophisticated effect. Duravit was founded in 1817 in Hornberg in the Black Forest. Today, the brand is a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms. The company is active in more than 130 countries worldwide, the company develops unique bathrooms that enhance quality of life for users on a sustained basis.


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THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Ben Adams, Founding Director, Ben Adams Architects The work at Ben Adams Architects is underpinned by a rigorous process that balances context, constraints, and concepts. The Founding Director of the studio, Ben Adams, is a regular name featured in The Brit List. His previous work demonstrates architectural flair, fresh thinking and commercial acumen, with projects that are individually distinctive and the result of bespoke ideas rather than formulaic solutions. Within his portfolio is Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, the first Nobu hotel that arrived in Europe. The property occupies a tight urban plot and the building follows the street line, accenting its strong linear form with horizontal steel and concrete fins at each floor level. His most recent hospitality project is sheltered inside Page8 Hotel, a thoroughly contemporary boutique hotel, which is “all about the lifestyle”. The studio helped to create Bisushima Restaurant, the amalgamation of two key elements: Bisu represents the Egyptian God of hedonism and party and Shima, the Japanese word for island and sanctuary. Born from these two elements, the concept conveys the transformative journey that guests can relish in from Shima (day) to Bisu (night).

Catarina Pina-Bartrum, Project Director, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Architects Catarina Pina-Bartrum, again no stranger to The Brit List, was part of the team developing a mixed-use development on Hanover Square; a retailled project on Oxford Street in central London and Hoxton Southwark, a mixed-use hotel and office development, which has quickly become a new destination hotel in London. In addition, the studio’s portfolio also includes The Moorgate, Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, The AEG Greenwich Hotel and the London 2012 Athletes village Plot No. 2. Prior to joining Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands in 2014, Pina-Bartrum worked with Daniel Gusmão in Rio de Janeiro on the design and development of the broadcasting centre for the 2016 Olympic Games.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Christos Passas, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects Christos Passas, crowned Architect of the Year at The Brit List Awards 2020, was the Project Director for Zaha Hadid Architect’s latest hotel project in Dubai. Spanning 84,300 sqm, the Opus was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole – taking the form of a cube. The unique cube shape has been ‘eroded’ in its centre, creating a free-form void that is an important volume of the design in its own right. The two halves of the building on either side of the void are linked by a four-storey atrium at ground level and are also connected by an asymmetric 38-metre-wide, three-storey bridge, which is 71 metres above the ground. The structure’s double-glazed insulating façades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. Applied around the entire building, this dotted frit patterning emphasises the clarity of the building’s orthogonal form, while at the same time, dissolving its volume through the continuous play of light varying between ever-changing reflections and transparency.

Doug Pearson, Senior Associate, 3DReid Doug Pearson has extensive hospitality experience working with a number of prestigious hotel brands, covering both new build and refurbishments and conversions throughout the UK. Pearson is a versatile architect and experienced job runner, working predominantly on hospitality, commercial and cultural projects. He is responsible for the design and delivery of high profile and complex projects. Notably, he has led design teams on the refurbishment and extension of Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Goodwood Hotel in Chichester and Malmaison in Edinburgh. Most recently, Pearson has been an integral member of the creation of Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh, and is currently working on The Bull at Burford Hotel in Oxfordshire, The Lucullan Hotel in Inchmarlo and Erskine Church Development in Falkirk.



Lindsey Rendall Months into her presidency at the British Institute of Interior Design – and shortly after becoming a judge for The Brit List Awards 2021 – Lindsey Rendall sits down with Editor Hamish Kilburn to discuss British design in unprecedented times… Hamish Kilburn: Let’s address the elephant in the room. What are the main challenges you face becoming president at a time like this? Lindsey Rendall: I like to see the positive in any situation. Covid-19 has emphasised the importance of the home – it’s made us appreciate how our built environment provides a sanctuary within which we can entertain, work, rest and ultimately feel protected. We’re feathering our nests to ensure our families are happy, safe and have the space to grow under one roof together. As our world opens up again, designers have a responsibility to ensure people feel safe and protected within public spaces. I feel privileged to have become President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) at such a poignant time, the building trade is busy, our world is opening up again, and our industry is buzzing with excitement. Of course, there are challenges – material costs have risen dramatically, delivery timeframes have extended due to shortages of materials and we designers are the pivotal point managing our client’s expectations, co-ordinating trades and managing bulging budgets! HK: When you were judging this year’s entries, were there any particular themes that stood out?

LR: It was wonderful to see more environmentally responsible solutions in the interior schemes presented. Sustainability is a hot discussion in the construction industry; designers need to be responsible in their approach to sourcing materials, usage and the ability to recycle end products. It was evident with many entries that a biophilic approach or cradle-to-cradle philosophy was at the forefront of their design ethos. HK: Why is it so important, especially this year, to champion British design and hospitality? LR: I think it’s important every year to champion British design. However, Covid-19 and Brexit has thrown into sharper focus the need to be loyal to British design and manufacturers. We should support local industry, source from British craftsmen, use local trades and in doing so we ensure our design communities remain buoyant and healthy. We are world leaders in design, we should continue to use this platform to educate and celebrate responsible design and support our hospitality industry to help it back on its feet after a long and hard 18 months. HK: Have there been any highlights during the judging process? LR: It’s been wonderful to see what our talented designers have been working on and producing during the difficult time we have all faced. It gives me a sense of excitement that we have so many stunning interiors to explore, restaurants to enjoy and hotels to visit once normal life resumes. A beautifully designed interior brings real joy, many of the entries I judged put a big smile on my face!


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Ed Murray, Associate Architect, Dexter Moren Associates Ed Murray is an accomplished Associate and architect who has led a wide range of projects for independent owners and international brands across the entire hospitality spectrum, including luxury hotels, banqueting and conference venues, resorts and spas. Murray has meticulous attention to detail, a good sense of perspective and a proven track record in delivering projects from conception to completion. He has a strong value set based on honesty, integrity and respect for the individual. For the last two and a half years he has been leading the delivery of the Westin London City, the brand’s debut hotel in the UK. The 222-key, new build hotel opened in September, 2021 and also shelters nine residential apartments and an 8,000 sq ft spa. Murray’s ability to coordinate and manage large teams, his rapport with colleagues, clients, design teams and contractors alike makes him an indispensable interface between projects and their stakeholders. His role goes beyond purely architecture as Murray is also involved in the studio’s inclusivity forum group as well mentoring other team members.

Gordon Ferrier, Head of Hotels, 3DReid As Head of Hotels at 3DReid, Gordon Ferrier brings more than 30 years’ hospitality design experience on a wide range of hotel projects, covering both new build and refurbishments and conversions. Ferrier has worked with a number of prominent hotel brands including Goodwood, Gleneagles, Cameron House, Dakota, Malmaison, Principal and De Vere and has worked internationally on projects across Europe, UAE, the US and Africa. Most recently, Ferrier and his team have been putting the final touches on Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh, a highly anticipated opening for the Gleneagles brand. In addition, he is currently working on The Bull at Burford Hotel in Oxfordshire, The Lucullan Hotel in Inchmarlo and Erskine Church Development in Falkirk.


The finishing touch From matt black to brushed brass, mixed metals and even accents of gold (in the right places), colour in the hotel bathroom is no longer a fashion and nor is it a trend – it’s here to stay! To celebrate creative possibilities, here’s a snapshot of what Bathroom Brands Group, Headline Sponsor of The Brit List Awards, currently offers… In recent years, bathrooms have transformed into unexpected attractions for restaurants, hotels, and bars. Fuelled heavily by social media, guests now visit restaurants for lust-worthy washrooms and stay in hotels based on, to a certain extent, the level of bathroom luxury. Britain’s new bathroom obsession has caused hoteliers to pay more attention to what was once considered a sterile space. Creating a covetable bathroom is now a crucial part of hotel design, and one that requires creativity, vision and – most importantly – products that blend both style and function.

understands the importance of present trends, and nothing is more current than colour. In recent years, richer palettes have been incorporated into bathroom furniture, ceramics and accessories. However, colourful brassware is proving most popular as it injects colour into a bathroom without sacrificing the space to an entire shade.

One brand that clearly recognises the need for a full bathroom solution is Bathroom Brands Group, which is celebrated for its diverse and extensive portfolio of bathroom products that fall within its four brands: Crosswater, Burlington, Britton, and Clearwater. An industry leader in bathroom design, the brand

“Colourful brassware is proving most popular as it injects colour into a bathroom without sacrificing the space to an entire shade.”


choice for luxury bathroom design, MPRO delivers the very best in brassware engineering. Stylish and versatile, MPRO offers a complete collection of luxury brassware for the basin, bath, and shower, alongside coordinating accessories. Allowing for freedom with colour creativity, MPRO’s Matt Black finish perfectly colour matches Crosswater’s GALLERY 10 and OPTIX 10 shower enclosures. Gold Gold has fast become a notable design trend, with Pinterest recently revealing a 96 per cent global increase of ‘gold accents’ ideas being saved in the past year. However, with conflicting trends suggesting a move away from bling, the colour is being injected sensitively and sparingly to help give the bathroom space texture in its design. What was once considered outdated has transformed into the bathroom colour of choice, as modelled in celebrity homes across the world. Designers are gravitating towards warmer tones in paints, wood stains, and upholstery, and opulent gold finishing touches best compliment these colour palettes.

Bathroom Brands Group boasts the most extensive range of brassware finishes in the industry. More impressively, finishes remain consistent across all products and collections – so a matt black mixer will perfectly match any other product available in that same finish, whether it be a shower valve, towel warmer, waste, or even toilet flush plate. This feature allows for complete design consistency, a key element of hotel design.

Burlington recently joined the gold rush, with the introduction of gold washstands. Matching perfectly with the traditional brand’s existing range of gold brassware and accessories, the elegant new washstands are available in Burlington’s popular Classic, Edwardian, Victorian, and Contemporary collections.

Brushed brass Brushed brass is one of the group’s best performing finishes. The warm hue provides an excellent way of adding a design statement to a space without overdoing it. Providing a softer alternative to gold and brass, brushed brass is celebrated for its ability to age gracefully while retaining its functionality. Furthermore, the finish compliments many different styles of décor, from industrial and mid-century, to modern and eclectic.

Mixed metals

Britton’s Greenwich collection offers an ultra-stylish selection of brassware available in brushed brass. The edit includes a mono basin mixer, tall basin mixer, and bath shower mixer, that each boast super slim profiles and impressive quality. For those wanting additional brassware, Greenwich also pairs seamlessly with Britton’s best-selling Hoxton range. Matt black Matt black is, unsurprisingly with the rise in industrial interior trends, another of the group’s best preforming finishes. Dark and luxurious, black is a timeless colour that never goes out of style. When given a matt finish, black brassware provides a sleek and sophisticated edge that compliments a contemporary bathroom setting. Being neutral, black matches just about any colour scheme and sits comfortably alongside timber, metallics, and natural stone. Crosswater’s renowned MPRO collection makes a bold statement in matt black. The established

Mixed metals’ is a growing trend gaining traction in some of the world’s most high-end hotel bathrooms. When it comes to mixing metals, the rule of thumb is an 80:20 ratio. 80 per cent of one element should be mixed with 20 per cent of another, whether through pairing different products with different finishes, or, for a real trend-led look, mixing metals within a single product. Crosswater’s Union Mixage brassware collection masters the latter. By enabling two finishes in each design, customers can combine brushed nickel, brushed black chrome and union brass for a distinctive look. The new industrial-inspired collection features a variety of brassware options for basins, showers, and baths, including deck and wall-mounted mixers, built-in and exposed showers, as well as a freestanding filler.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Graham Barr, Associate, jmarchitects Set behind a striking façade of Scottish stone at the point where Edinburgh’s historic Old Town meets the New Town, Market Street Hotel, designed by jmarchitects, emerged as a cultural gateway to both the city’s storied past and its pulse-quickening present. The visual concept of the 98-key hotel pays homage to the capital’s character and historic narrative, while simultaneously exploring Scottish cosmopolitanism. Cracked, earthen walls are juxtaposed against the clean, minimalist lines of contemporary furnishings, and unexpected bursts of traditional tartans alongside heritage fabrics provide an experiential element to the hotel’s aesthetic. A modern take on Baronial materiality and composition also provides the inspiration behind Market Street’s 98 guestrooms and suites. Organic, natural materials such as oak and locally sourced stone provide a tactile canvas for modern design classics from the likes of Fritz Hansen and Saint Luc, alongside custom-made furniture and handcrafted local pieces. Herbert Lui, Partner, Dexter Moren Associates Originally from Singapore, Herbert Lui has led numerous large scale mixed-used projects at Dexter Moren Associates, ranging from residential to hospitality-led schemes both in the UK and internationally, and has pursued and won a number of international architectural design competitions. He is a popular mentor to the younger architects and assistants at the practice, and is keen to encourage hand sketching during the creative and problem-solving process among junior colleagues, as he constantly laments the disappearance of pencil and paper in current architectural education. In the last year, despite battling through adversity, Lui has continued working on several notable international projects in Africa. Following the completion of two hotels in Benin, Lui won a commission to design a new hotel in Lagos. Responding to the client’s brief, the 20-storey tower hotel will create an iconic and exciting hospitality destination for the city, featuring a mid-level spa and sky terrace, as well as rooftop pool and bar. Located on a challenging and narrow site, Lui’s architectural composition and his sculptural expression of the building’s rooftop – inspired by the sleek lines of luxury yachts – has generated much excitement with the client, his investors and the hotel brand.



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THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

James Dilley, Director, Jestico + Whiles James Dilley, Director, Jestico + Whiles, is more than an exceptional British designer and architect. In a career that has spanned more than 27 years, Dilley has become a charismatic leader who has helped to steer luxury and lifestyle hospitality into several new eras. Some of his masterpieces include W London, Zuri Zanzibar and Villa Honegg. Most recently, he completed the architecture and interiors of W Edinburgh, unveiled a spectacular atrium onboard P&O Cruises’ Iona vessel and is currently working on a mixed-use development known as Island Quarter in Nottingham. In addition to reshaping the hospitality landscape, Dilley is also an authentic and honest speaker on the international hotel design scene. Most recently, he has supported a campaign with Hotel Designs, supported by NEWH, to give young and hungry designers a voice by being the subject of an interview that they themselves lead.

Jen Samuel, Associate Director, 3DReid Jen Samuel manages all aspects of a project at 3DReid, from feasibility and concept design to the production and co-ordination of construction information, liaising closely with clients and contractors at all stages of the process. Her experience spans a variety of sectors, including education, offices and residential and working primarily in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Most recently, Samuel led the project team working on the reinstatement and extension of Scottish five-star resort, Cameron House, on Loch Lomond. Reopened in summer 2021, the hotel offers unrivalled five-star luxury. Renowned for its timeless style and refined Scottish culture, the property features 140 guestrooms, including 24 exquisite suites complemented by elegant function rooms and inspiring event spaces, with spectacular unspoiled views of Loch Lomond. Ensuring the newly restored hotel offers an unrivalled guest experience, the restoration has required meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, which will be seen throughout the beautiful reinstated suites, reception areas and event spaces.


Simple innovation Six years after the first collaboration with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, AXOR has unveiled its latest collection with the British design duo, which, put simply, is a contemporary masterpiece… AXOR One is unified by a holistic design language of slender silhouettes, flat surfaces, soft corners and balanced proportions. The iconic taps feature a gentle taper to their curved spouts, a subtle detail that signals exceptional quality of design and manufacturing.

paddle handles to offer intuitive control of spray types for shower or bath, while a large thermostat handle provides ultra-precise control of temperature and volume. The AXOR One overhead and hand-held showers feature monolithic forms and an innovative range of Rain and PowderRain spray types, reflected in the distinctive graphic language of the showerhead’s spray disc. The showerpipe is the perfect all-in-one combination of overhead shower, hand-held shower, wall bar and wall outlet.

Powered by advanced ‘select’ technology, the elegant brassware establishes a simple mode of interaction; press down on its all-inone controller to start or stop the water, turn clockwise to increase the temperature. The action is effortless, intuitive and ultra-precise: the essence of simplicity. This is the same inventive design thinking that characterises the entire collection.

The AXOR One collection comprises 31 products, including one-hole, two-hole and three-hole taps, wall-mounted taps, a floor-standing bath filler with hand-held shower, and the AXOR One thermostatic module for bath or shower.

“You challenge archetype through the pursuit of art and science, invention and interaction,” explained Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. “AXOR One provokes the memory of water but heralds a new way of controlling it that is much more precise and incredibly refined. The AXOR One products are unique, made possible through our design thinking, and realised by the incredible engineering of AXOR.” Utilising Select technology, the mechanical tap handles enable precise, water-saving on/off and temperature control. The AXOR One thermostat uses large, clearly marked, highly responsive

The wide range of shower items includes overhead showers that combine both Rain and PowderRain spray types, a hand-held shower that features PowderRain, and a showerpipe and shower set that offer a clean appearance thanks to their integrated wall outlet. The AXOR Universal Circular Accessories range is the perfect complement to the AXOR One collection. Timeless by design, and available in Chrome, Matt Black and the trademark exclusive AXOR FinishPlus surfaces, AXOR One brings simple elegance to any bathroom.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Jonny Sin, Associate Director, ReardonSmith Architects Since joining the firm in 2011, Jonny Sin has led ReardonSmith Architects’ hospitality team modestly into present times. He was a key member of the award-winning team who transformed a Grade II listed art-deco style building into the luxury boutique hotel that we know of as The Beaumont Hotel, which was one of the first projects he worked on from concept through to completion. Other projects include a 173-key hotel in Battersea, Adere Manor, Co. Limerick as well as a conversion of three buildings in London’s Soho into a 69-key urban lifestyle hotel. Most recently, although many of the projects the studio is working on are guarded by NDAs, ReardonSmith Architects was named as one of the architecture firms that will be working on creating The Chancery Rosewood, which is expected to make its arrival in 2024. Julie Humphryes, Co-Founder, Archer Humphryes Architects One of the first two women in 700 years to be invited to read Architecture at Cambridge University’s prestigious Peterhouse college, architect Julie Hymphryes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and is directly responsible for many of the most beautiful and iconic spaces across the UK and overseas. Her company, Archer Humphryes Architects, has won a multitude of international awards, and is championed throughout the global sector for its inimitable style of architecture and interiors, as well as its diverse range of projects. With a portfolio worth £400 million, £3 million in turnover and a 30-strong team that is ever-increasing, the firm is revered for its approach to research and development. This has been exemplified in the past three years and showcased in pioneering projects, such as the 95ft racing yacht Archer Humphryes is creating for Finnish sailing company, Nautor’s Swan, and the groundbreaking, highly anticipated Peninsula London, among other hospitality projects. Other significant completed projects include Chiltern Firehouse, The Standard Hotel, The Great Northern Hotel and Lalit London.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Luke Fox, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners Luke Fox is a head of studio at the practice and part of the Design Board and the Partnership Board. He leads a team of designers in London, Hong Kong and Beijing on a wide range of international projects. He is originally from Sydney, Australia and studied architecture at the University of Sydney. After graduating he worked in New York and joined Foster + Partners in 1998. Fox has worked on many significant projects varying from infrastructure and offices to hospitality and residential. His recent schemes include new offices for Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, in Shanghai; Jeddah Metro, where the practice was appointed to develop the architectural vision for Jeddah’s city-wide public transport plan; Lusail Stadium in Qatar, the iconic venue for the 2022 World Cup; Murray Hotel, a new luxury hotel in Central Hong Kong and a new Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of Makkah for Jabal Omar.

Mark Bruce, Main Board Director, EPR Architects Mark Bruce is a Main Board Director and heads up the hotels and hospitality team with extensive experience across the sector, with particular expertise on listed buildings, refurbishments and resort hotels. Previous projects include The Ned, Rosewood London, Sea Containers and LaLit London. Following the completion of London’s new popular place to be, NoMad London – which is sheltered inside what used to be Bow Street Magistrates Court – Bruce is now, in collaboration with Foster + Partners and AvroKO, working with Six Senses to sensitively inject the luxury brand’s distinctive personality and philosophy into its debut hotel in London. In addition, EPR Architects is also working on what will become Raffles’ first hotel in the UK, which will be contained inside the storied walls of the Old War Office building in Westminster.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Mark Kelly, Partner, PLP Architecture Following much anticipation – and a year of unpredictable variables – Mark Kelly and his team at PLP Architecture have recently completed their work on creating Pan Pacific London. Arriving with the aim to take London’s luxury and wellness scene up to new heights, the project’s vision was to balance a design that is sensitive to the Asian heritage of the brand whilst creating an ultra-modern, timeless hotel and complex that challenges conventional architecture. In an interview with Kelly, Hotel Designs’ readers learned the need for flexibility in today’s era of design and hospitality. “Architecture is an inherently flexible process – always evolving while constantly questioning and reinventing itself,” he said when discussing architecture’s role post-pandemic. “As such, it is well placed to respond to the current and seemingly ever-changing Covid crisis and, for that matter, other current and future global concerns such as the climate emergency.”

Metehan Apak, Senior Interior Architect, Dawson Design Associates Metehan Apak brings more than 10 years’ professional experience working on projects for luxury hotel and spas in the US, Europe & Asia to Dawson Design Associates (DDA) as Senior Interior Architect and Project Manager. Six years of work at DDA has led to his involvement in projects for renowned brands such as Z Collection Hotels, Mondrian, W Hotels and Rosewood Hotels. Apak applies a holistic methodology during the design process from concept creation to the project completion with a tough-minded attitude and efficient communication within the team as well as with the clients. His dedication and work ethic continue to be recognised by his former and current clients. DDA recently completed the groundbreaking Hotel Zena which was designed as a new cultural hub celebrating the accomplishments of women and recognising their enduring struggle for gender equality. Currently, the studio is working on numerous multi-million-pound hotel projects which includes resorts and uniquely positioned city hotels.


Transformative sustainable change GROHE, a global brand that is part of LIXIL, is paving the way for a new era of sustainable innovation in the hospitality sector becoming one of the first brands in the sanitary sector to achieve Cradle-to-Cradle certified products… With four of its best-selling products being Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) certified for its circular approach to design, GROHE has successfully developed accessible, game-changing solutions that will facilitate more ecological, sustainable bathroom design in hotel projects worldwide, whilst helping hoteliers meet their own sustainability targets. The C2C design concept is an approach for designing intelligent products, processes, and systems by taking the entire life cycle of a product into account. The concept differentiates between consumer goods (e.g. natural fibres or detergent), which are biodegradable, and service products (e.g. taps), which are then broken down into their original materials. C2C certified products are rigorously assessed on five essential criteria: material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness. Products with C2C accreditation go far beyond the conventional recycling of products and instead offer resources and components that have potential to be re-used endlessly. GROHE has achieved the C2C certification at the gold level for three taps: GROHE BauEdge S-Size, GROHE Eurosmart S-Size and GROHE Eurosmart Kitchen, alongside its GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set, an all-in-one

handshower set that is a popular choice for affordable retrofit upgrade projects. Whilst the sustainability credentials of the four products look beyond product performance and are more inherently focused on resource and waste, the GROHE BauEdge and Eurosmart taps are also enhanced with SilkMove ES (energy-saving) technology. This technology prevents the unnecessary use of hot water by supplying only cold water when the tap is in the middle lever and can consequently contribute to a reduction in a building’s carbon footprint. The C2C design concept enables the bathroom brand to drastically reduce the use of new resources: the certified products are designed and manufactured with the intent of using their components in the end-of-life-phase for the creation of new products. Key decision makers in the hospitality industry such as hoteliers, architects and designers can benefit greatly from the advantages that C2C certified products can offer to a hotel project and their own business. Not only can the specification of C2C products bring reputational benefits, but they can lead to higher property values, local and regional government tax benefits, as well as supporting the overall sustainability objectives of buildings certified in accordance to certifications such as LEED, BREEAM and DNGB.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Nicholas de Klerk, Co-Founder, Translation Architecture Following 13 years at Aukett Swanke, Nicholas de Klerk recently made the bold leap, together with Co-Founder Sze Wei Lee, to set up a new design and architecture studio. Translation Architecture is on a mission to transform innovate ideas into extraordinary spaces on tomorrow’s hospitality scene. Two of de Klerk and Lee’s first projects are situated in the UK – and are both for a new brand. The Relais Retreats is a waterside hospitality concept developed by Grace Leo and Tim Hartnoll. One of these projects completed its first phase in Q3 of 2021. Both are complete refurbishments of existing buildings, one of which is Grade II Listed. The heritage and urban context of each building is fundamental to the hotel concepts that they are developing. Both also embrace changing attitudes to work by creating beautifully designed and well serviced, generous lounges with great F&B, which nonetheless create a comfortable environment with a domestic feel to it – a work from home environment that doesn’t necessarily need to be at home. Richard Coutts, Director, BACA Architects Designer of the UK’s first amphibious house, Richard Coutts, who founded BACA in 2003, featured on the Channel 5 documentary entitled ‘Sinking Cities – The Great Flood of London: Environmental Challenges, Food and Floating’, which referenced Aquatecture (architecture on water) and the need for consideration to be given to intelligent, innovative ways of living by optimising water as a resource. From concept right through to completion, BACA Architects has been a key collaborator and an inspiration for Tyram Lakes. Described as “so much more than a hotel, spa and resort,” the property shelters uncompromised luxury within an eco-friendly and sustainable environment. BACA’s holistic approach has developed a pragmatic method to a longterm vision of a sustainable hospitality landscape. The team find practical solutions for inhabiting and building with water. This ultimate aim for the architecture studio is to make built communities safe – keeping people dry whilst enjoying the benefits of living near water, which humans are so attracted towards.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Richard Holland, Director, Holland Harvey Architects Richard Holland leads the hospitality team at Holland Harvey Architects – working on early concepts through to turnkey delivery of some of London’s most high-profile hotels. His recent work includes establishing and designing architecture solutions for Inhabit, a hotel brand with a heart for community, a head for life-enhancing hospitality and wellness wisdom. Holland and his team were fundamental in the development of the brand’s first hotel, which launched in 2019. The London-based architecture studio returned to help the brand grow its mission to create restorative, environmentally and socially conscious places to stay in the city, with a second London hotel that opened recently.

Sarah Murphy, Architect, Jestico + Whiles Following being listed in Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30, which was published in 2018, Sarah Murphy has emerged as a rising figure on the British architecture scene. Not only is Murphy an emerging example of women leading the way in hotel design, her portfolio of past and present work as a senior member of the Jestico + Whiles team, is impressive as well as inspiring. This includes W Edinburgh, a new mixed-use development known as Island Quarter in Nottingham, a spectacular atrium onboard P&O Cruises’ Iona vessel and Kempinski Palace Engelberg, which opened earlier this year. Murphy works among a strong and tight-knit team at Jestico + Whiles, which is led modestly by Director James Dilley, who is regarded by those who know him best as a strong, forward-thinking and kind mentor – everything the industry needs as it recovers and evolves.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Simon Whittaker, Associate Director, Orms Simon Whittaker, architect and Associate Director at Orms was deservingly crowned Architect of the Year at The Brit List Awards 2019, following the spectacular completion of The Standard London. Since then, Whittaker, fuelled by his love for retro-buildings, has started to work on a new development, which will see the transformation of the Central St Martins Building in Holborn. Nearly a decade after University of Arts London moved out of the site, Orms is currently working with a world-renowned team to sensitively restore the building and give it a new lease of life as a mixed-used development, which will include a new lifestyle hotel. Orms was approached in 2019 to, through the power of architecture, secure consent for a hotel on the iconic site. The plot within the Holborn area includes the Grade II listed building, formerly Central St Martins building, that fronts Southampton Row, as well as a collection of ‘60s buildings behind. In addition to a new hotel, the “new neighbourhood” as Whittaker described it in an exclusive interview with Hotel Designs, will include exhibition spaces, a refurbished lecture theatre, a screening room, various F&B outlets, a library, a series of function rooms and co-working spaces. Tom Lindblom, Principal, Gensler Tom Lindblom is a Hospitality Leader and a Studio Director in Gensler’s London office (despite taking a few years out to travel and work from various Gensler offices around the world). He has more than 25 years of experience on a variety of projects, with a special focus on hotels, resorts, and museums. Working with diverse clients in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States has broadened his understanding and appreciation for unique opportunities in a variety of markets. Lindblom is active with clients in the Mediterranean and Adriatic to develop sustainable resorts that operate efficiently from an economic, social and environmental position. His experience also includes design and planning for several museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. He teaches and lectures on architecture, lighting design, and museum design at universities in the US and London.


THE BRIT LIST Architects OF 2021

Yasmine Mahmoudieh, Founder, Yasmine Mahmoudieh Studio Completing The Brit List architect alumni of 2021 is Yasmine Mahmoudieh, an architect, designer and product developer who is pioneering real change in the hospitality arena globally through social and sustainable hospitality initiatives. Mahmoudieh’s holistic approach to design and architecture has resulted in an acclaimed international showcase of award-winning, one-of-akind projects. Her achievements include Strandhotel Atlantic and Villa Meeresstrand as well as Four Seasons Hotel in Hamburg, among others.


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THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

Charles Oak, Hotel Director, The Londoner Following much anticipation, The Londoner, the 350-key luxury hotel that has the power to change the social status of Leicester Square, has opened. Designed in collaboration with Yabu Pushelberg (design) and Woods Bagot (architecture), the hotel is part of Edwardian Hotels London – and has a particularly noteworthy eco-design narrative that is being told by Charles Oak. The 16-storey hotel shelters six varying F&B outlets, including a destination rooftop bar, and shelters an ‘unparalleled level of genuine hospitality’. A highly established professional within the industry, Oak has an exemplary background in luxury hotel management and fine dining, which includes positions at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, The Savoy Hotel in London, and more recently the country haven of Heckfield Place in Hampshire. Conor O’Leary, Managing Director, Gleneagles Since being crowned Hotelier of the Year at The Brit List Awards 2018, Conor O’Leary has continued to perfect and expand the Gleneagles spirit that is often referred to as ‘the glorious playground’. In the heart of Perthshire, the hotel has been a must-go destination for travellers for nearing a century. The 850-acre estate epitomises the natural beauty for which Scotland is famed. Now under new ownership with Ennismore, Gleneagles has enlisted the skills and expertise of some of the UK’s most acclaimed designers including David Collins Studio, Timorous Beasties, Macaulay Sinclair, Goddard Littlefair and Ennismore’s own in-house design studio. Its latest venture that O’Leary has led is the 33-key Gleneagles Townhouse. Designed by Ennismore’s in-house team, the intimate hotel shelters timeless charm that blends with today’s modern needs, while uniting Edinburgh’s ‘social souls’ – the people who make the city tick.


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Relax & recharge In today’s hospitality arena, ensuring guests have access to the right electrical wiring solutions to recharge their devices is as important as them having a restful stay. Whether they are relaxing by watching a film on a tablet or replying to important emails while on a business trip, those devices need to be powered appropriately. Gavin Williams, Marketing and Sales Director at Hamilton Litestat, explains… Until now, block plug-in USB chargers have come as standard with battery-powered devices. In a move to reduce electrical waste and environmental impact, the European Union is looking to stop manufacturers from providing these with every device and move towards a standard USB-type charging connector. One of the first brands to make this change is Apple, which is not providing a charging unit with the iPhone 12. Unlike the early days of mobile phones where each brand had its own unique charging cable, USB-C is set to become standard across new devices. More than 700 technology companies, including Apple, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Samsung, have done away with the charging block and adopted the USB-C standard for upcoming products. Demand for USB-C charging ports is set to soar. Charging ahead Despite this, hotels looking to support all guests’ varied power requirements will need to provide both USB-A charging ports for legacy devices and USB-C for new smart devices. Hamilton is supporting hoteliers with its combined double switched 2.4A USB sockets

that feature both USB-A and USB-C charging ports. Available in four stylish and versatile plate designs – Hartland, Hartland G2, Hartland CFX and Sheer CFX – and up to eleven finishes, these solutions deliver functionality of the future while ensuring interior style and design aspirations are achieved. Power up! However, faster charging needs more power more rapidly and there are still restrictions on the charging capability from a 13A socket. To deliver the higher rate of charge for highcapacity devices, such as the new MacBook Pro or iPad Pro, a Euro Module is required. Hamilton has recently launched a 45W Type C / 18W Type A Euro Module that is designed to deliver additional power, ensuring power-thirsty devices can charge at full capacity, ensuring guests will never run out of power. The Euro Module works particularly well in bespoke plates, designed to meet the requirements of the international traveller. Supporting legacy devices, along with providing the power needed of the latest high-capacity devices, Hamilton’s USB charging solutions ensure all guests will be able to both work, relax and recharge without any worries.


THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

David Connell, General Manager, South Lodge David Connell’s outstanding focus during 2019 was implementing and managing a brand-new spa and wellness facility to the already established and respected South Lodge. Managing the spa build whilst also leading his hotel team, Connell expertly fronted the project despite delays and challenges, keeping the team motivated and on course to deliver. A huge amount of time and effort went into the £14.5 million build project over the last seven years to create The Spa at South Lodge and develop a different brand under the South Lodge name. Outside of his main role, Connell is a very active member within the wider industry. A Master Innholder, St Julian Scholar and mentor, he never loses sight that hospitality is a ‘people business’ and loves to get out into the industry, meeting future leaders as part of the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Programme selection committee and acting as a St Julian Scholar ambassador.

Edward Workman, CEO, The Newt With a hotelier such as Edward Workman who ‘likes to have a narrative for everything’ he does, The Newt in Somerset, is a never-ending tale of hearty hospitality and thoughtful design. With magnificent gardens, indulgent guestrooms and a spa experience to match, the hotel experience is somewhat elevated by the fact that it is sheltered within a stunning set of Georgian limestone buildings. The hotel’s ability to collaborate has allowed it to be an ever-evolving landscape that is always exciting. The gardens at The Newt, for example, have been shaped over the last 200 years by successive enthusiasts, including Margaret Hobhouse who elevated the gardens to a Victorian ideal, introducing colour, a greenhouse and many trees of beech, oak, pine, walnut and cedar. Renowned garden designer Penelope Hobhouse gave Margaret’s vision a new lease of life in the 1970s, followed by Nori and Sandra Pope, whose experiments with colour delighted and inspired thousands of visitors in the mid-1980s. The latest incarnation has been created by Italo-French architect Patrice Taravella, who believes a garden should be both beautiful and useful.


THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

Elli Jafari, General Manager, The Standard London Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex in London’s thriving King’s Cross neighbourhood, the 1974 Brutalist building was meticulously restored and set the perfect award-winning stage for The Standard’s first hotel outside America. The Standard London shelters 266 guestrooms in 42 unique styles ranging from Cosy Core rooms to terraced suites with outdoor bathtubs overlooking St Pancras station. The lobby lounge, with a carefully curated library pays homage to the building’s original use, with a sound studio hosting weekly live music and talks. Unapologetically setting new standards, Elli Jafari was announced as the hotel’s General Manager, months before it opened. Two years on, Jafari continues to ensure that the hotel is the epicentre of energy and just the right kind of vibes – with star-studded events – to ensure the hotel is always in the spotlight.

Federico Ciampi, General Manager, The Mayfair Townhouse Born in Italy, Federico Ciampi is a seasoned traveller having lived in Dubai, Scotland and the British Virgin Islands. He now calls London home, with his family of colleagues inside The Mayfair Townhouse, a new luxury hotel that emerged onto the scene last year. The 172-key hotel, which joined the Iconic Luxury Hotels portfolio last year when it opened, shelters a design narrative unlike any other. Inspired by the whimsical characters of our past and present, it is flamboyantly dressed, yet carefully understated when it comes to service. Curious, engaging, witty and effortlessly intuitive, the hotel is part of a new generation of lifestyle hotels that deliver the unexpected in the heart of Mayfair. A stylish, imaginative home for the modern traveller, The Mayfair Townhouse redefines what it means to be a London hotel.


THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

Frank Arnold, Managing Director, The Savoy In 2020, Frank Arnold was announced as the new Managing Director of The Savoy, one of London’s most iconic luxury hotels. During a career in hospitality spanning more than 30 years, Arnold has also worked with IHG, Four Seasons, Rocco Forte, Ritz-Carlton and independent hotels across Europe and North America. Having arrived from the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, Arnold stepped into the shoes of Philip Barnes at a time when hospitality was on its knees. Despite this, he was not afraid to bring down barriers in order to make the hotel relevant for the modern, post-pandemic traveller. For example, the hotel transformed its iconic forecourt into a trendy, seasonal F&B experience. Named Solas, the pop-up married colourful floral bursts to the Art Deco elegance of the hotel in order to create this summer’s must-visit dining destination.

Gareth Banner, Managing Director, The Ned After leading a team of almost 900 members of staff to launch and establish the most ambitious hotel opening in recent decades, to reposition an iconic 1920’s building into an award-winning hotel, Gareth Banner used the lockdown period to continue refining The Ned’s offering. The most significant changes were to the under-utilised members’ area on the lower ground floor into The Parlour – an intimate jazz and cabaret club boasting a weekly line up of highly regarded acts from both sides of the Atlantic. Working to support the charity Centrepoint, Banner was very keen for The Ned to work with Fare Share and The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club to provide meals to some of London’s most vulnerable individuals throughout the lockdown. A team of 42 members of staff from The Ned volunteered to prepare the meals in the hotel’s production kitchen. Motorcyclists from The Bike Shed’s 1000-strong nationwide community of volunteer riders delivered more than 100 meals a day to homeless young people living in Centrepoint hostels across town.


HOTEL Bathrooms: The devil is in the detail With wellness higher on the agenda than ever before among modern travellers, interior designers are putting more style and substance into the modern bathroom, and not ignoring areas such as drains and shelving when creating the overall mise en scène. One company that offers a contemporary solution to fit the demands of tomorrow’s guests is Schlüter-Systems… A hotel experience that makes a guest feel welcome and pampered is often associated with the bathroom and spa facilities on offer, with people looking for a way to truly relax and unwind. After 18 months of staying home, it’s no surprise that comforts such as a large freestanding bath or powerful rainforest shower are appreciated, sometimes even expected, now that the hospitality industry has opened back up. Not only do the facilities available need to do their job well, but it is also important for hotels to consider the aesthetic of the bathroom area too, delicately balancing both style and substance. Walk in showers and fully tiled wetrooms have become increasingly popular in recent years, as well as selecting matching sanitaryware in a striking finish. Whatever visual elements are chosen, the overarching aim is to create a warm and welcoming space. On hand to assist with the creation of an inviting bathroom or wetroom specification

are tile and stone protection experts SchlüterSystems and the variety of point and linear drain grates available from its Schlüter-KERDI range. The frameless offerings within the range can easily be tiled in line with the rest of the bathroom for a seamless and contemporary finish. This can give the illusion of a larger space, which makes it ideal for smaller and awkwardly sized bathrooms. If you don’t want to match the drain grate to your tiles and instead wish to choose something more traditional, the PURE drain grate is a simple and minimalistic choice which fits well with any bathroom design, creating a fuss-free look. Drain grate styles also include FLORAL, CURVE, WAVE and SQUARE. This flexibility also expands to the SchlüterSHELF range, which comes in many of the drain grate options, meaning you can match the drain grate to multiple designs within the SHELF range. The shelves and drain grates are made of stainless steel meaning that not only will they make a beautiful addition to your bathroom, but they will also provide reliable protection for long-lasting facilities. With an increasing focus on creating a wellness oasis, details such as these make a huge difference to a hotel guest and their time spent away from home. Thanks to the SchlüterSystems drain grates and shelves, designers and architects can install accessories that look the part and will stand the test of time.


THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

Grace Leo, Managing Director, The Relais Henley Grace Leo is an award-winning and internationally recognised hotelier who specialises in the development of luxury hotels and resorts. Most recently, Leo’s meticulous research over the last two years for the right opportunity led to acquiring several hotels for herself and her partners in upscale market-towns in the greater London region. She has identified the former Red Lion in Henley-on-Thames as the initial asset that has the combination of criteria and potential she has deemed essential for the redevelopment of the property into a successful business venture as well as the introduction of her ‘Relais’ branding. The Relais Henley was launched as part of the Royal Regatta in August 2021, and has already received critical acclaim both locally and nationally. Henley was followed within months by the acquisition of The Cooden Beach Hotel near Bexhill-on- Sea, which is due to start its refurbishment towards the end of 2021.

Guillaume Marly, Managing Director, Hotel Café Royal Since 2017, Guillaume Marly has been the Managing Director of Hotel Café Royal. Constantly referred to as ‘London’s modern grand hotel’, the property straddles the elegance of Mayfair and the vibrant energy of Soho – and Marly ensures that his hospitality experience amplifies the best of both neighbourhoods. Complete with stylish and contemporary rooms and suites, the design of the hotel answers the demands of modern travellers. Meanwhile, the grand F&B areas, with a unique Afternoon Tea experience, allow the hotel to stand out with its own personality. The Set Collection, the parent group of the hotel, has recently celebrated a ‘soft’ re-brand as it sets its sights on growing the meaningful portfolio of properties. Despite the pressures of the pandemic, Hotel Café Royal continues to be one of London’s leading hotels.


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Sound in design Sound architect Tom Middleton speaks to editor Hamish Kilburn about the role of sound in sleep performance, hospitality and design…

Tom Middleton is no stranger to the Hotel Designs brand. The sound architect is a true polymath who wears many hats in the hospitality industry. He is a pioneering electronic musician, an award-winning sound designer, a DJ and producer, a certified sleep science coach, trained in mental health first aid, and is Co-Chair on the AFEM Health Group.

exclusive panel discussion with Hotel Designs LIVE that started the conversation around sensory design in hospitality. Hamish Kilburn: How has the ‘functional music for wellness’ industry evolved in recent years? Tom Middleton: As a pioneer in this area, I’ve been gratefully observing exponential interest, investment and growth in this area of functional music with more and more apps, platforms and experiences delivering wellness and health focused solutions.

In his music career, which took place prior to his journey in wellness and wellbeing, he toured the world and performed to millions, observing the positive affects of sound while sharing the stage with the likes of Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga and Kanye West.

Beyond domestic and hospitality sectors, I’ve personally expanded into providing sciencebased, bespoke music, sounds and sound rituals for functional beverages, functional skincare, mobility, workplace, education and healthcare… and it won’t be long before we get to space travel.

Most recently, while the industry became fuelled by collaborations, Middleton began exploring sound’s role in other arenas. In addition to working with leading brands, designers and architects, last year he joined an

HK: Are you seeing growing interest in sound design from hotels and hospitality businesses? TM: It’s finally starting to be taken more seriously, but still a way off the perceived value of say interior and lighting design. It’s taking a long time, as the industry is still stuck in the mindset of background music playlists, mostly as an afterthought and always for the lowest possible price. To read the full interview, please visit


THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

Hector Ross, Managing Partner & COO, The Mitre Despite all the turmoil since 2020, Hector Ross not only set up a brandnew hospitality business, The Signet Collection, but he then raised the funds to buy and completely revamp a historic building in need of rescuing. Cue the arrival of The Mitre Hotel in Hampton Court, the debut property in The Signet Collection. Ross based himself at the hotel alongside 30-plus builders during the first lockdown to conduct an extensive, multimillion pound refurbishment. The new, although over 400-year-old, hotel is astonishing and has been phenomenally well received across both media and guests. The hotel consists of two restaurants, 36 individually designed bedrooms, two outside dining terraces, the world’s first ‘whispering angel bar’, new pamper suite spa and events space, all envisioned by interior designer Nicola Harding. Ross has preserved the authenticity of the buildings, while delivering unparalleled food, drink and service, alongside unrivalled experiences for guests such as boat trips and picnics. His home-grown and hands-on approach combines stunning designs within historically significant properties. James Clarke, General Manager, Hilton Bankside London James Clarke’s aims, as a leading General Manager, to challenge conventional hospitality led him and his team on many routes that include sustainable approaches to hospitality while sheltering a sensory design experience unlike any other. The hotel is, with Clarke in the driving seat, anything but a conventional hospitality experience. In 2018, the hotel partnered with Bombas & Parr to create a unique multi-sensory meeting room inside its hotel, under the name The Agora. From flooding the room with scented air at the push of a button to specially curated objects designed to increase productivity, moodimproving lighting installations and refreshments designed to recharge physiologically, every detail is based on the science and psychology of fruitful human interactions and innovation. The room takes inspiration from its location on Bankside, with a central table featuring inlaid ley lines pointing to important sites of creativity nearby, such as The Globe, The Tate and Royal Festival Hall.


THE BRIT LIST Hoteliers OF 2021

John Scanlon, General Manager, 45 Park Lane Since his arrival at 45 Park Lane as General Manager in 2015, John Scanlon has been committed to ensuring that guests have the best possible experience, and has a proven track record of maintaining an enjoyable environment for employees also. Following a year of uncertainty – during which time Dorchester Collection donated £25,000 to Hospitality Action – the hotel recently opened a new luxury wellness space, The Spa at 45 Park Lane, which takes it firmly out of the shadow of its sister hotel, and neighbour, The Dorchester. The spa has been designed by world-leading design agency Jouin Manku. The wellness space has been specifically created to bring a sense of the outside in, referencing artistic flora using traditional Roman style mosaics from Venetian artisans. Natural timbers and light coloured stone bring a sense of calm and tranquility; while timber slatted ceilings have been integrated to create better acoustics within the pool, gym, and relaxation lounge. The entire space has been generously arranged to maximise the sense of spaciousness – not easy in a neighbourhood where space comes at a premium, but one that has been executed with style. Julian Hudson, General Manager, Fellows House Cambridge, Curio by Hilton Collection Julian Hudson is a devoted and experienced hotelier with almost 25 years’ hospitality management experience in the UK. As a personable manager, his passion comes from building and developing a passionate, welltrained, and close-knit team. Most recently, he was appointed the General Manager of Fellows House Cambridge – Curio by Hilton Collection, a new hotel that has opened with a deep design narrative and an unavoidable connection with creative art, which meaningfully hangs in celebration of its local history. The 131-key hotel features unique pieces of artwork and sculptures, inspired by the fellows and historic city. The room types are all named after people associated with the city and notable Cambridge fellows such as Kipling, Newton, Gormley and Attenborough.


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Marie-Paule Nowlis, General Manager, Sofitel London St James Marie-Paule Nowlis, who brings with her 30 years’ experience with the Sofitel brand, and a career shaped by international roles, joined Sofitel London St James as General Manager in April 2019. Nowlis led an extensive multi-million-pound transformation in 2019, which extended throughout the hotel’s 183 rooms and suites, restaurant and bar. The property is a flagship hotel for the Sofitel brand and a cornerstone of London’s luxury hotel scene, with the transformation and refurbishment overseen by Pierre-Yves Rochon ensuring it remains one of the most sought-after destinations in the city. This year, Nowlis aimed to promote ‘Culture in the City’, which led to a partnership between Sofitel London St James and the Design Museum. The collaboration celebrated the launch of the acclaimed exhibition, Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life and included a suite takeover allowing guests to truly immerse themselves in the Perriand culture. Michael Bonsor, Managing Director, Rosewood London Michael Bonsor has more than 18 years’ experience in luxury hotel management, working for brands such as Four Seasons and Claridge’s. Throughout the pandemic, Bonsor worked tirelessly alongside his team to successfully re-open the doors of the award-winning luxury hotel, while also spearheading a number of key initiatives and campaigns. Once restrictions lifted, alongside his team, Bonsor transformed the iconic courtyard at Rosewood London into an outdoor oasis, bringing the Scarfes Bar terrace for Summer 2021 on one side and a partnership with Macallan to create the Macallan Manor House on the other side where guests can enjoy an immersive alfresco dining experience inspired by the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Additionally, to show Rosewood London’s appreciation for the NHS and all their hard work during the pandemic, Bonsor led the launch of a competition, giving one NHS working couple the chance to win their dream wedding held at the hotel in 2021. He also included the hotel in the Hospitality4Heroes Social Challenge helping to raise more than £10,000 to support the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal and organised Holborn Dining Room pies and meals for the NHS staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital who the hotel has supported for many years.


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Murray Ward, General Manager, Soho Farmhouse Set against untouched English countryside, Soho Farmhouse is where members go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, to instead check in to enjoy a slower pace. Combining authentic British design with warm, non-fussy hospitality, the 40-key hotel on the farm is able to provide the perfect rural scene, complete with luxurious cabins, restored houses and shack-like ‘piglet’ rooms. Murray Ward and his exceptional team work tirelessly in order to maintain every corner guests’ turn within the 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, living up to the property’s esteemed reputation. Even the ‘check-in’ experience is a personable moment that has been carefully considered. After driving through the main gates, members leave their car with the staff to check in at the ‘Gate House’ before boarding a milk float, which takes them into the village-like setting. The heart of the ‘house’ is in the Farm Yard – the ‘public areas’, if we were being conventional. Around this space, the hotel features an expansive spa, complete with an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, a lake, a plethora of dining outlets and even a state-of-the-art cinema – all of which makes the modern, British hospitality experience totally unmatched. Olivia Richli, General Manager, Heckfield Place Following a loyal career with Aman Hotels, in 2017, Olivia Richli was plucked from semi-retirement at her beachfront home in Sri Lanka by Boston’s Gerald Chan, who had bought Heckfield Place almost twenty years before. Richli’s youth spent amongst the farms and gardens of the British countryside, combined with her unique career in developing and operating eclectic luxury hotels within historic precincts, stood her in perfect stead to guide Heckfield Place into a grand new era. The Georgian family home was lovingly restored from its classic origins and rewoven into a luxury hotel, which now stands in 400 acres of secluded Hampshire landscape. The hotel’s sense of responsibility has inspired Richli onto the next level of stewardship, one that quietly leads by example and endeavors to establish an estate that will thrive and guide all those who visit. And thrive it did, with the hotel winning The Eco Award at The Brit List Awards 2019.


Design through a different lens and a desire for ivory. Selinda was a hunting concession for decades and when we took it over we stopped all killing.

Having spent more than 40 years exploring Africa as photographers and filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the founders of Great Plains, have high standards in sustainability, hospitality and humanity. Editor Hamish Kilburn catches up with the dynamic duo who joined this year’s judging panel…

There is something about Africa – the woodlands, wetlands, and seemingly neverending grasslands in-between – that gives life deeper meaning. Having spent almost a decade exploring these plains as filmmakers and photographers, Beverly and Dereck Joubert have produced more than 25 films for National Geographic. In 2006, to fund their wildlife conservation work, the duo channeled their wisdom and love of nature and started a new hospitality venture. Their inspirational journey – which went on to challenge the cookie-cutter approach in safari travel, architecture and design – began when they set up Great Plains, an authentic and iconic tourism conservation organisation. Today, the brand shelters 16 safari properties, in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, each designed through the director’s lens to tell unique stories that enhance each camp’s very special sense of place and built to celebrate each destination’s individual character. Hamish Kilburn: Can you talk us through the filmmaker process of storyboarding each scene/camp? Derek Joubert: Each hotel, or in our case ‘camp’, is a story. I start with an overall direction and message. In the Selinda camp, for example, I wanted us to re-evaluate our relationship with elephants. The camp is in the heart of the highest density of elephants in the world, but in the past, early explorers like Livingstone and Selous travelled through these areas with guns

Inside, we imported 75 - 100-year-old railway sleepers as recycled wood (teak) and brass from the original Blue Train from 120 years ago. Reds from the Maasai culture represent this very visual association and it didn’t have to be heavy handed because we are in Maasai world so it is everywhere anyway, but the coastal Swahili culture has an influence here so the large Swahili doors behind the showers are a nod to them, associated with the sea and water. HK: How has your unapologetic approach on sustainability helped the local communities around your camps? Beverly Joubert: Well, we have delivered something like 6,000 solar lanterns to families that have previously been off-grid, and an amazing addition to that was that the principal of the local school wrote to thank us because school grades were going up because kids could do their homework after dark (I don’t think the kids liked having do that). We also sent nine ladies with very little education from Botswana to India to learn solar circuit board manufacturing technology for six months. When they returned, they developed local businesses from this. We’ve planted more than 5,000 trees and started tree growing initiatives. We also have Great Plains Academy to teach people about hospitality and how to bridge the gap from high school to university. HK: What major lesson has this journey in hospitality taught you so far? BJ: We can all learn from hospitality because it is inherantly about kindness and care; paying attention to details and I find myself taking a lot more care just to find out how someone (even in my team) is doing, randomly, as if I am hosting the world.


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Paul Bayliss, General Manager, Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester Award-winning General Manager Paul Bayliss’ wealth of experience allowed him to navigate Hotel Brooklyn’s opening successfully during the challenges of a global pandemic to critical acclaim, reflected through the host of national awards the hotel has received so far. The hotel stands out as the only UK luxury property that is truly accessible for all and has been named the most accessible hotel in Europe. The hotel’s unique design is leading the Gold Standard in accessible design, with 18 of the 189 rooms fully accessible offering both wheelchair access and ambulant accessibility. Plus, it is the first hotel in Manchester to offer ceiling track hoists for guests. In short, the hotel is an industry game-changer, as it is the first to make a step change in whole society inclusivity and accessibility within luxury hospitality. Notwithstanding its remarkable recruitment process and CSR credentials. The inspiration behind accessibility for all came from the hotel’s President Robin Sheppard, whose own disabilities helped him identify a need for positive change in the hospitality industry. Bayliss has led the hotel to win three Blue Badge Style Ticks for accessibility, as well as winning the BeFactor Awards 2020 Accessibility Award. Paul Skinner, General Manager, DUKES LONDON Tucked away in a private courtyard in the heart of London’s West End, the 87-key DUKES LONDON has become a British hospitality landmark, celebrated for its famous martinis and exceptional service. During 2020, the hotel’s management team, led by General Manager Paul Skinner, had to manage expectations of owners and investors, whilst leading and supporting its team through disruption and uncertainty. While keeping a close eye on his staff’s mental and physical wellbeing, Skinner also ensured that DUKES remained rooted in its community during this difficult time – offering beds to key workers. The team also participated in the ‘Golden Friend Scheme’ designed by Hospitality Action which was created to support elderly people in the community with hourly phone calls each week to keep them entertained during the stricter parts of lockdown.


Image credits: Above: Profile of Ngahuia Damerell, Judge - Rising Star Right: Sophie Sheppard (Concord BGW Group), Rising Star shortlisted finalist, Brit List Awards

Rising stars:

Leaders in the making The Rising Star is one of this year’s two new categories for The Brit List Awards, launched to support emerging and raw talent that is bubbling at the surface of hospitality and hotel design. Following this year’s mind-blowing Accor Design Awards, Ngahuia Damerell joined this year’s judging panel to help us pick this year’s rising star for The Brit List Awards 2021…

all helps to launch your name in the industry. Also, don’t be afraid to approach a design agency, company or individual you admire. Express your respect and talk about the abilities you believe you could bring to the table in the future. Begin with an email, then follow up with a card or portfolio in person; a single connection can shift the trajectory of a career.

Fresh from judging this year’s Accor, Design Awards (ADA), Ngahuia Damerell, Senior Design Project Manager at Accor joined the judging panel for The Brit List Awards 2021. Specifically tasked to lead the judging process of this year’s new Rising Star award, Damerell reflects on how young designers and architects can stand out. Hamish Kilburn: From judging the ‘Rising Star’ category at The Brit List Awards and being a judge for the ADAs, what has impressed you among young designers? Ngahuia Damerell: I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of the young designer’s work because beyond aesthetics and technically impressive renders, they had a clear vision of the evolution of society and were sensitive to sustainability and the customer experience. HK: What advice would you give to young designers who are struggling to be heard or seen at the moment? ND: Participate in competitions and events such as the Rising Star Awards — the more you participate, the more visibility you will gain – it

HK: If you could go back and do anything differently, what would it be? ND: I’d learn French at a much younger age... HK: What does Accor look for in fresh talent? ND: We are looking for people with a design sensibility and know-how that resonates with our brands; who are positive and motivated to learn, who have an understanding of the hospitality sector, sustainability, a proactive approach, working knowledge of software and fluency in both English and French are all desirable too. HK: What can we expect next year from Accor Design Awards? ND: At Accor, we believe that our hotels have a responsibility to assist their communities in improving their working, general living and communal conditions. Participants in next year’s ADAs are encouraged to research the pandemic’s aftermath, the resulting new lifestyle patterns and the role of the hotel in a 15-minute city, before proposing concepts centered on the hotel as an extension of home for day-to-day neighborhood gathering needs.


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Robin Hutson, Founder, THE PIG Hotels There is arguably no one who has done as much as Robin Hutson in highlighting the plight of the hospitality industry in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic, through his ‘Seat at the Table’ campaign. With 45 years’ experience working in world-renowned establishments, Hutson is now Chairman and CEO of the much-applauded Lime Wood Group and Founder of another ground-breaking and some would say, ‘Britain’s best loved collection of country hotels’, THE PIG. The much-loved leader has tirelessly championed for more help for hoteliers, railed against government ineptitude, and brought together those in the hospitality industry to try and create a voice for a formally unrepresented industry – which delivers so much to the coffers of the Treasury, and so many jobs to the people of the UK. While doing that, he kept on all of his 1,000 or so staff – without making anyone redundant – and then opened a new PIG in Cornwall (in the summer of 2020), and another, one year later in the West Sussex countryside. Sérgio Leandro, Regional General Manager, Lore Group A passionate and experienced hotelier, Sérgio Leandro currently manages the London Region of the Lore Group portfolio. In his role, Leandro is responsible for overseeing Sea Containers London and the soon-tolaunch One Hundred Shoreditch (the former Ace Hotel London). Leandro has extensive experience within the hotel industry, having worked with the likes of Marriott (Starwood) and sbe and holding the role of General Manager of Sea Containers London since its launch as Mondrian London (the first Mondrian in Europe) in 2014. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Leandro was determined to show support towards the NHS, so he spearheaded the Sea Containers London ‘NHS Nominate Your Hero’ campaign and gave away 545 overnight stays to NHS staff from around the country, as well as lighting up the building in a rainbow to show support and appreciation. This is an ongoing initiative and as the hotel has re-opened its doors, Leandro and his team continue to invite NHS staff into the hotel for their stays and other activities such as NHS movie nights.


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Stuart Geddes, Managing Director, The Lanesborough In 2019, Stuart Geddes left his position as General Manager of The Goring Hotel to join The Lanesborough as Hotel Manager, with the aim to help the Oetker Collection property ‘reinforce its position as a market leader’ on the luxury hospitality scene in London. Two years later, Geddes has recently been promoted to Managing Director of the quintessentially British hotel (some might even say landmark). Following the most challenging 18 months the industry has perhaps ever experienced, the promotion came a time when the industry as a whole was recovering in the wake of the pandemic. The hotelier’s ‘respect for heritage’, while ‘constantly pushing for creativity and innovation’, puts him in good stead to navigate the unavoidable challenges that lie ahead. Geddes responded to the promotion by calling it ‘both a pleasure and an honour’ and is fully committed as well as passionate to lead the 93-key hotel into a new chapter of hospitality.

Thomas Agius Ferrante, Hotel Director, The Grove of Narberth Following his appointment as General Manager in early 2019, Thomas Agius Ferrante was promoted in August 2020 to become Hotel Director of The Grove of Narberth, the five-star hotel nestled in the Pembrokeshire countryside in South West Wales. The hotel forms part of the Seren Collection which includes the one Michelin starred Beach House Restaurant on the Gower Peninsular, and the highly regarded Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot. Ferrante started his career as a kitchen chef before moving into senior management roles first at One Aldwych and then at The Berkeley where he spent seven years latterly as the Food & Beverage Operations Manager. Prior to joining The Grove of Narberth, the hotelier was the Hotel Manager of The Phoenicia in Malta, an iconic five-star, historic hotel that flanks the main gates of the capital Valletta and is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ consortium.


2022 Events

june 30 Hilton London Canary Wharf

September 26 & 27 radisson Hotel & Conference Centre London heathrow Two bespoke and highly-targeted events, created specifically for senior industry professionals and their suppliers. Both events provide a platform for one-to-one business meetings, learning and networking.

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Will Ashworth, CEO, Watergate Bay Hotel Will Ashworth, no stranger to The Brit List first came onto Hotel Designs’ radar in 2004 when he became the CEO of Watergate Bay Hotel, which he took over from his parents. The latest design narrative at Watergate Bay Hotel is told when checking in to one of the seven new beach-front suites, designed to take the accommodation at the hotel to a ‘new level’ with a quirky interior scheme that oozes sense of place and personality, while framing some of the most spectacular coastal views.

November 2022 | SEE YOU NExt year!


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