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A MODERN NOD TO TRADITION


Engineered oak flooring from Havwoods has created a contemporary yet characterful scheme at an interior design award-winning hotel.


The Principal York, designed by Goddard Littlefair and one of the launch hotels for PRINCIPAL, a collection of landmark hotels in UK city centres, won the Gold Award for Hospitality Interior Design at the London Design Awards 2016.


The magnificent, Grade-II-listed hotel, boasting beautiful gardens and views over York Minster, was originally one of Britain’s greatest Victorian railway hotels. Built in yellow Scarborough brick by architect William Peachey, it first opened its doors in 1878.


After the hotel was acquired by Starwood Capital, Goddard Littlefair was commissioned to redesign its public spaces, including the lobby, reception, garden room, entrances and corridor spaces, as well as all 159 bedrooms and suites.


Goddard Littlefair director and co-founder, Jo Littlefair explained: “Our overall ambition was to breathe life back into every artery of the hotel’s interior, giving a nod to tradition and heritage, but also creating a tremendously warm, light and welcoming contemporary environment for guests.


“We were briefed to reinstate the hotel’s essential character and to pay respect to its original architecture, whilst at the same time ensuring a feeling of comfort, restfulness, so that The Principal York was once again a true destination hotel.”


The central design concept was to create a modern and softer interpretation of a country house, featuring over-scaled


furniture, such as large wing chairs, to ensure an instant feeling of welcome. This combined with a light and soothing colour palette, featuring a gentle and fairly neutral base with softer highlights in shades such as eau de nil and lavender.


Similarly, the furniture is in colours such as tan, buff and charcoal, with small amounts of texture and pattern for added interest. The heart of the new scheme is made up of two wonderful, large and light-filled open spaces, punctuated by handsome original columns with ornate capitals, all of which have been refurbished. These are the Lobby Lounge, which contains the hotel’s wonderful, dramatic staircase and the Garden Room beyond, which looks out, as its name suggests, onto the hotel’s extensive gardens. There are clear views through from one to the other, to ensure they interact, via the existing central and the two new entrances.


Both spaces – as well as the reception room – feature Havwoods’ oiled oak flooring from the Henley range, which has a special ‘sawn’ surface and was laid in a striking herringbone pattern. The timber was deliberately chosen for its informal, not overly-polished look. Henley is a quality, high performance engineered board with a hardwood surface layer. The plank is put through sawing, brushing, burning and planning processes to add character and visual interest to the plank.


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