The Guildford Hotel has been restored to create an exciting new world class hospitality venue, with a cutting edge fit-out design respectful to the heritage & history of the building. The building itself is 150 years old, & the design team was keen to express the whole story of the hotel, including the various refurbishments that took place in 1915 & the 1940s, up to the fire that gutted the Hotel in 2008. Layers of construction have been paired back to expose various elements of the Hotel’s history.
Much of the existing shell of the existing burnt-out remains of the Hotel were retained in the redevelopment, with the design exposing the remaining original & burnt features within the space. Existing timbers & bricks have been either reinstated, or recycled & reused wherever possible. Double height voids that were created by the partial loss of the first floor have been retained within the cavernous main bar areas, & function & private dining rooms have been added to the upper level. An internal courtyard has been created within the confines of the external walls that provide a unique indoor / outdoor experience for patrons.
There is a clear distinction between old & new in the fitout design – new elements that have been added into the building including the bar & wet areas have a clean, contemporary feel that juxtaposes against the dilapidated existing hotel features. A palette of black, gold, concrete & natural timbers has been used in the fit-out design that extends from the interior to the beer garden.