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introduce a quality hotel right into the heart of this global University City. Purcell’s pioneering work with carbon


will overlook its secluded garden. Purcell is developing an exceptional environmentally responsible scheme to substantially increase its 5* facilities. A new three level medi spa with grottoes, waterfall and suites overlooking the Thames, is buried into the hillside to maintain the setting of this Grade II* listed building. Woodland lodges will supplement the spa accommodation and a new wing of exclusive garden suites embraces carbon negative lime hemp wall construction in the style of the Romaine Walker original chalkstone mansion. A new four level conference wing with suites sits on a rubble stone bastion within an Iron Age fort and behind a green oak structure complete with


Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland


living roof, photovoltaics and solar hot water panels. Two recent wins have further established


Purcell’s hospitality credentials. The high profile refurbishment of the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge includes a new 9th floor of Presidential Suites overlooking Hyde Park, a spa and upgrades to all of the bedrooms and suites. Winning at this year’s European Hotel Awards with the Rosebery at Mandarin Oriental London, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group are also refreshing all of the remaining public areas to a similar standard of stunning excellence. The other recent win is the new Marriott Autograph Hotel in Cambridge that will


negative lime hemp walling continues into other live projects including new build student accommodation for Newcastle University. The design of 1,300 rooms secured 92% BREEAM Outstanding in its completed design stage, and is now being developed with volumetric prefabrication to deliver another exemplary project. Going forward into 2015, Blake believes the


key trends in the hospitality sector are being driven by an increasingly flexible and focussed clientele who are disloyal to brands. Whereas boutique was the trend, this has been replaced by bespoke & local. The challenge for hoteliers and their designers will be delivering distinctive destinations in response to the discerning guests’ desire for bespoke and local design and culinary excellence. Contact: +44 (0)20 7397 7171 | www.purcelluk.com


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