The consultancy was appointed to the project in November last year without a pitch, having been approached by the client, George Panayiotou, of the Ability Group, on the strength of work for clubs such as London’s Whisky Mist and Cuckoo Club, according to Blacksheep designer Laura Elwick.
Panayiotou briefed the consultancy to create interiors that mirrored upmarket Las Vegas clubs for the venue, which is located within the Hilton hotel in Liverpool’s L1 development.
The focal point of the 325 m2 ground-floor space will be a 1.7m-high, 3m-wide LED screen, which runs along the back-wall in front of a stage.
The ladies’ toilets will feature a ‘vanity space’ with beauticians and a hair and make-up station provided; while the 5.5m main bar is made from a single piece of semi-ground polished concrete.
A members-only space, named the Private Playroom, uses a mainly deep purple and metallic colour palette, with reflective finishes, shag-pile carpet and booth seating, according to Elwick. The main bar and dance floor area features black and silver tones, with crushed velvet and smoked mirrors.
Elwick says, ‘[Panayiotou] loves the clubs and the scene in Las Vegas, so it’s trying to bring that slice of luxury to Liverpool.’
She adds, ‘It’s all high-end materials to bring a luxury feel. There’s lots of seating area, but we had to bring a distinction between the private area and the main bar. It’s quite innovative with the big screens at one end and some interesting light fittings.’
Playground is due to open in December.