Gordon Ramsay Holdings has revealed the design details of its first foray into the boutique hotel market exclusively to Design Week.
The interiors of the £4m York & Albany development, based at London’s Reg ents Park, are being designed by Russell Sage Studio.
The Grade II-listed building, which was originally intended as part of GRH’s pub stable, is due to open in the autumn.
According to York & Albany general manager James Partridge, the development has been positioned as a ‘lifestyle environment, with food at its heart and surroundings capturing the essence of the Regency period’.
‘The interior scheme is very true to the building, while the location has also had a great influence. I’d say it’s in line with modern operations and sits within particular expectations,’ says Partridge.
‘The York & Albany was originally conceived as part of our pub division, but we found that the building had a lot more to offer and had the potential to operate as the first hotel within the organisation,’ he adds.
The development will feature two Angela Hartnett-run restaurants and a cocktail bar, as well as ten boutique suites, private dining facilities, meeting rooms and GRH’s first delicatessen.
‘All the fabrics are bespoke, by [RSS offshoot] The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, and wallpap ers are to be hand-printed by Cole & Son. We have also dev eloped the furniture, bespoke-built, to reflect the quality of John Nash’s architec ture. The ground floor will be hung in grey silk with a hand-stitched pinstripe, and the basement walls in rich red silk, with plenty of deep, comfortable seating. The bedrooms are individually designed,’ reveals RSS founder Russell Sage.
The identity and graphics for the York & Albany have been created by designer Patrick Lawson-Thomas, while market – ing collateral is to be developed by Thring Associates.
Partridge reveals that RSS was invited to pitch last year against two other high-profile designers, one of whom is thought to be Tom Dixon.
RSS and Gainsborough were both appointed to the project in October.
‘We needed someone that specialises in both antique and contemporary work for a building of that particular nature. The textile experience with Gainsborough was also a plus point,’ says Partridge.
The York & Albany building was originally designed and built by architect John Nash, and has been renovated since its construction in 1827.
GRH bought the lease for the building in February this year.
• Gordon Ramsay Holdings owns and operates seven restaurants in London, all out of hotels, with the exception of one standalone
• GRH restaurants have a total of eight Michelin stars
• The restaurants are headed up by Ramsay protégés, including Marcus Wareing, Angela Hartnett and Jason Atherton
• GRH also operates dining venues at the Dubai Hilton Creek and Conrad Tokyo hotels