Scott Brownrigg announces the winner of the 'THAT' Sky Bar Design Competition


A design competition launched by international design practice, Scott Brownrigg and property development company, THAT Group to design a concept for the Sky Bar at the new Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth has provided the winner with a one year internship at Scott Brownrigg’s Central London office. How’s THAT for an opportunity!  THAT Group Chairman, Dr. Ray Kelvin CBE is also the Founder, Chief Executive of Ted Baker Plc.

The competition called for art and design students from Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth to submit innovative and deliverable interior design concepts for the proposed 2,000 sq ft Sky Bar located at the top of the new Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth town centre. The £85m scheme which comprises both a hotel and luxury apartments is currently under construction and is due to complete in the Summer 2015.

Many high quality entries were received, making the shortlist process undertaken at Bournemouth University by Scott Brownrigg, THAT Group, the Vice Chancellor of Bournemouth University Professor John Vinney and Head of Regional Community Partnerships, Ian Jones a difficult one.  From the shortlisted schemes, two finalists Thomas Hardie and Tom Barker were selected by Scott Brownrigg Project Director, Andy MacFee and Project Leader Lindsey Bean-Pearce, with the winning concept going to Master’s Degree student, Thomas Hardie.

Thomas’ winning concept was inspired by Bournemouth. Explaining his design concept, Thomas states:  “Waving wooden sculptures that suspend from the ceiling help create an interesting focal point as soon as you walk into the room. Inspired by clouds moving across the sky, the copper rods hanging from different levels from the ceiling are a symbol of the weather that we get in Bournemouth i.e. the rain double up as lights which at night look more like stars falling from the sky making another wow factor to the room.

The white walls and furniture is minimal in appearance so it does not detract from the ceiling and the views, it also creates a link between the nautical inspired surrounding which is also why the wood was chosen for the doors and ceiling sculpture to reflect its use on yachts.

Copper was chosen to harmonise with the wood yet stand out from the white walls. The bar is marble which is classic and elegant, used with simples lines of the bar making it modern, reflecting the Hilton Hotel brand. The glass shelves on the back of the bar house the selection of drinks the bar has to offer with the ceiling lights shining on them to create another feature. The glass was chosen so it does not block the views that the bar has on both sides”.

Of Thomas’ submission, Project Director Andy MacFee states: “The proposals were conceptually rich, founded in both the geographic context of Bournemouth and the brand identity of Hilton. Thomas’s ideas demonstrated poetic creativity, elegant restraint and a sensitive use of materials. We look forward to Thomas joining us and working on a variety of projects in our London office.”

THAT Marketeer, Jesse Banovic adds: “Seeing the students unveil their creative talent on this project has been hugely inspiring, with many of the finalists focussing on local and natural elements of their Bournemouth surroundings. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Thomas and I wish him every success in his year with Scott Brownrigg and I look forward to seeing his innovative input into future projects.”

Thomas will begin his one year internship at Scott Brownrigg in September following the completion of his Master’s Degree. He will work with the practices’ interior designers on the delivery of the Bournemouth Hilton scheme as well as get the opportunity to work with other sector teams.   

Both Thomas and Tom will be showcasing their work at Scott Brownrigg’s London office in May.

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