Falconer Chester Hall Architects
Opened in May 2015 Hilton at The Ageas Bowl is truly a landmark project. Never before has a hotel been so integrated into a cricket ground that many of its guest rooms double as hospitality boxes on match days. It also features the first restaurant bearing the nickname of cricketing legend Sir Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham, the first Hilton eforea spa and the largest ballroom in the region, capable of holding up to 700 people.
Created by Falconer Chester Hall Architects, the contemporary interior brings together the site’s sporting background, its historic connections and the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city.
Northern Lights worked closely with the Interior Designers to develop the diverse range of fittings required for the entire hotel from the lobby, restaurant and sports bar to the conference room, spa and 174 guest rooms. From the three-ring pendants in the lobby to the bedside LED reading lights, the lighting scheme features neutral shades and subtle textures with visual interest added through hints of brass. Clean lines and a minimalist style underpin the subtle sporting references, while in the spa organic shapes and sumptuous fabrics generate a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
‘It is a great pleasure to support Falconer Chester Hall Architects and Hilton Hotels on this prestigious project,’ Paul Wade, Managing Director of Northern Lights said ‘Our Design Team has communicated with the Interior Designers every step of the way to ensure that the fittings fully realised the design intent. The close cooperation between our in-house design and the production teams has made it possible to meet the exacting specifications.’
Photography: Michael Whitestone Photography