Clapham pub gets boutique hotel makeover

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UK: The Windmill pub on London’s Clapham Common has been transformed in to a boutique hotel by design consultancy Harrison.

UK: The Windmill pub on London's Clapham Common has been transformed in to a boutique hotel by design consultancy Harrison.

Owner Young & Co's Brewery commissioned Harrison have to "shake up the traditional 'pub with rooms' concept" with the refurbishment and design and build of 42 bedrooms at the property.

Originally a pub with 29 hotel rooms, Harrison oversaw the refurbishment of the existing rooms as well as the design and build of 13 extra rooms, including the conversion of staff quarters and an extension.
The build and renovation work was carried out over a phased six-month period to enable Young's to continue to trade.

Design features include "a mix of timber and carpet flooring, antiques, quirky bathroom tiles, quality bric a brac and a respectful nod to Shaker styling".

Kevin Grima of Harrison, who led the project, said: "The Windmill is not just about having somewhere to put your head down in London, it's about creating an adult 'home comforts' experience, flowing from the food served in the bar and restaurant areas right through to the individual designs in each bedroom", says Harrison creative director Kevin Grima, who headed up the project."
"The schemes for each of the 42 rooms have been carefully developed to reflect the historic character and contemporary personality of a landmark pub like The Windmill, and each one has its own individual design, but with a common 'home from home' theme," he added.
Young & Co's retail director Patrick Dardis said: "Harrison carried out this complex design project with practicality, empathy and creativity. The Windmill is eclectically stunning, full of character and a whole world away from a bland hotel chain scheme.  We no longer have just a pub with rooms, we have a complete overnight experience."


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