Scott Brownrigg Interior Design brings new life to wedding and conference venue in Kent


Scott Brownrigg Interior Design has recently completed the refurbishment of key areas of Oakwood House a conference, training centre and events venue in Maidstone, operated by Kent County Council.

The practice was appointed to carry out a feasibility study for Oakwood House including a review of the existing site and its facilities, identifying key areas for improvement.  Following the successful completion of the study, Scott Brownrigg was appointed to carry out the design and refurbishment of the bedroom wing. 

The building dates from 1869 and has considerable character with good existing facilities.  Bedroom accommodation, however, is provided in a separate wing built in the 1980s which was dated.  The bedrooms function as accommodation for those attending conferences and weddings at Oakwood, the revenue from which is central to the success of Oakwood.  As such the client wanted to enhance the design to attract more long stay guests and compete more effectively in the wedding and conference market. 

Scott Brownrigg’s concept for the 1980s bedroom wing was to reflect the history and charm of the main building in a fresh and contemporary way.  Inspiration was drawn from the Arts and Craft Movement which was prevalent at the time the main building was constructed.  The artwork and finishes focused on stylised floral motifs, popular in that period, but the choice of textures, materials and composition bring the design to the present day, with the chosen colour scheme enhancing the design whilst reinforcing the way finding strategy.  The FF&E and dressing out work together to create a warm and welcoming environment, with an air of sophistication and exclusivity. 

The bathrooms received a stylish treatment in the form of black and white tiling, contemporary sanitaryware and polished chrome fittings.  Layout changes were made to offer baths for the family bathrooms improving the experience and level of comfort for the guest. 

Improving the bridal suite was of paramount importance to increasing wedding bookings.  Scott Brownrigg proposed knocking two bedrooms into one to offer a luxurious suite with a four poster bed, walk-in wardrobe, spacious seating area, and large bathroom with double sinks and whirlpool bath.  Custom made furniture based on Victorian style was designed in modern high gloss finishes to make reference to the history of the main building but remain in keeping with the modern aesthetic of the 1980s bedroom wing.  Fixtures and fittings such as the chandelier, antique mirrors and rich colour scheme all contribute to create an inviting environment for the guest. 

The result is a stunning and successful scheme that belies the investment and has improved the ambience for the whole hospitality suite of this conference facility.  The project was completed in April and has received excellent reviews from both KCC and guests alike.