Quite unbelievably it’s been one year since we opened the doors to our Birmingham studio. It’s been such a fantastic year, Tony and the team have hardly noticed a year has passed already. With The Edgbaston recently completed, we’re getting stuck into some exciting new projects … from a new venue for one of Birmingham’s most vibrant and successful restaurants, to developing a new concept site for one of the worlds biggest hotel brands, to creating an immersive experience for Honda, along with a brace of smaller independent projects … suffice to say our love affair with Brum continues! We really should celebrate, which we will at some point. In the meantime let’s crack on!
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Work starts on site for Birmingham’s next iconic boutique hotel and cocktail bar, The Edgbaston
The Heterarchy studio in Birmingham has been appointed to design what is sure to become Birmingham’s next iconic boutique hotel and cocktail bar, The Edgbaston. Part of ‘The Village’, the masterplan by Calthorpe Estates to develop a thriving new leisure hub in the city, this new hotel will see the conversion of a beautiful Grade II Listed building on Highfield Road in Edgbaston. Featuring six luxuriously appointed en-suite rooms, with two cocktail bars to the ground floor and another in the cellar, the hotel is being masterminded by the team behind The Kenilworth, brothers Stuart and Darren Insall. Expect to see a design that’s full of opulence and atmosphere, a contemporary nod to the classic 1920’s cocktail bar hotel.
Work is due to commence on-site for the refurbishment of The Bay Tree restaurant in Melbourne, Derbyshire in January 2014. Having developed the design late 2013, having gained the clients approval work will be starting on site with expected completion by February. A key feature of the new design is the addition of a bar to the front area of the restaurant, which will broaden the potential use for breakfasts, lunch and early evening in a more casual format to the main dining area.
Heterarchy were appointed earlier this year to develop a restaurant concept for new brand The Pie Emporium, set to open their first site in Oxford shortly. The first site, working within a Grade I Listed old coaching inn in the centre of Oxford, provided as many challenges as it did opportunities to become the backdrop for what is an eclectic and vibrant restaurant interior. The restaurant is due to open imminently so watch this space for further info.
Work is nearing completion for the refurbishment of 25 hotel bedrooms for the Ashorne Hill Hotel and Conference Centre. Heterarchy were asked to produce an interior design scheme that would ‘refresh’ the rooms but retain many of the existing fixtures and fittings. The design proposed three different colour-ways, each based around the same palette of materials and finishes.
Working within a very tight budget, by focusing on the quality of materials and finish, we’ve been able to give the rooms a new lease of life that will enable them attract new customers and vastly improve the quality of the experience for the next 5-10 years.
To discuss how we could help you to breathe new life into your hotel bedrooms please get in touch >
As of Monday 5th June we’re delighted to report that we have opened a new studio in Birmingham. Located in the Zellig building, part of the fabulous Custard Factory development, it’s exciting to be part of such a creative community.
The studio is already busy working on some exciting new interior design projects in Birmingham and another in Oxford, with various other projects already in the pipeline. Birmingham is such an exciting place to be at the moment, as well as being in the company of some other great design practices (who of course shall remain nameless!) there’s such a buzz about what’s going on in the city it’s hard not to feel the energy!
The Zellig building itself is stunning, we particularly like the huge white atrium sculpture by Philip Watts.
The Leicester studio and workshop is still very much playing a central role, particularly on projects in the east of England and London. The Birmingham studio can be contacted on 0121 224 7319.
We’ve had a busy few months here at the Heterarchy studio with some exciting projects and the launch of our new website. Most exciting on the project front is the new ‘pop-up’ restaurant in Birmingham for Michelin starred chef Adam Stokes. The restaurant opened on Friday 12th April. We were delighted to be involved in this exciting restaurant project, see the project in our gallery here >
We’re delighted to find out that Five Rivers A La Carte, the contemporary Indian fine dining restaurant in Walsall, has taken the award for Newcomer of the Year 2012 for the Midlands. This comes hot on the heels of winning the Hello Curry award. Shamim HM, Group Sales & Marekting Director had this to say: ‘We were honored to have won the Hello Curry Awards earlier this year, let alone to go on to win Newcomer of the Year at such a prestigious awards ceremony as the British Curry Awards. I am extremely proud of everyone who has worked so hard to get us here.’
Five Rivers A La Carte opened early in 2012 to rave reviews. Click here to see this project in our gallery >
We don’t get to design that many toilets but the brief for this one was hard to resist. Asked to create a toilet that would make an impression, the toilet in question is part of a larger residential extension and conversion in Leicestershire for a long-standing client of ours (more on the rest of the scheme to come).
With high gloss black ‘brick’ tiles, a traditional toilet and cistern in black from Imperial Bathrooms, high gloss black cantilevered vanity unit, a beautiful polished brass and brushed stainless bowl from William Holland, wall mounted brushed stainless mixer tap, bright brass cornicing framing a back-lit stretched ceiling, this really is the most elaborate toilet we’ve ever designed. The flooring, shown as solid wood parquet, will in fact be Yorkstone flags.
Antique bronze mirrors above the tiles help to increase the sense of space, whilst randomly placed framed pictures in a variety of styles provides a visual counter-point set against a flat black wall.
This is glamour and style that’s also a little bit tongue-in-cheek, making a bold statement whilst not taking itself too seriously!
We’ve just received a sneak preview photo of the bespoke lighting feature for the entrance lobby of a soon to complete project (which will remain nameless for now as I don’t want to spoil our clients grand unveiling!). Large circular halos in silver and bronze combine with finely textured glass balls to create an impact upon entering the building. Due to complete at the end of October, keep an eye out for a full photo shoot once all of the interiors are finished.