Our client’s vision is to create a social enterprise hotel, a new building typology. The 4 star, 120 bed facility has the dual role of offering a seamless hotel experience for guests while creating a vocational learning environment for young people who may not thrive in a traditional education environment.
The site for the hotel is located within the masterplan for The Inverness Campus and sits at the head of the main approach boulevard to the Campus. This location meant the hotel needed to create an active frontage to the site, encouraging movement and activity. The site therefore plays a key role in conveying the feel of the campus.
Using our cross sector experience we carried out an extensive briefing process to take the client through the journey for guests and staff, to define what accommodation was required to deliver this new building type. The preferred design utilises a single linear bedroom block orientated to reinforce the existing building line and site edge, minimising the scale of the hotel when viewed from the approach road whilst allowing direct views to the landscape beyond. This bedroom block sits above the ground floor ‘wings’ of the hotel and divides the back of house staff facilities from the front of house guest areas, including reception, bar and restaurant. The guest areas open out onto the surrounding landscape along the entire length of the building, creating the ‘activity’ required on the site.
Working closely with our in-house interior design team, the internal environment aims to complement the surrounding Scottish landscape. This is achieved through the landscaping and material approach within the defined palette of the masterplan.