The refurbished DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street was announced the winner of the 2015 World Interior News Awards (Hotels Category) at a ceremony in London.
Buildcorp’s Melbourne team completed a significant part of client M&L Hospitality’s overall refurbishment program in December 2014 with a 180 room fit-out across 13 floors in just 22 weeks.
The awards were highly competitive and a panel of international design industry professionals went through the 47 international entries to shortlist only nine in order to declare the winner. The refurbishment was led and project managed by Janet Hoy from Janet & Co and the new room design was completed by Melissa Chen from Mill Interiors.
Buildcorp State Manager Jason Wilcox said: “Buildcorp completed the fit-out works in a live environment where guest comfort and satisfaction were of highest priority. The team worked closely with hotel management and project stakeholders to carefully program works, to ensure impact on guests and staff was minimised.
“We are extremely proud to have been involved in such an innovative and award winning project. The creative design and strong project partnerships were key to its success.”
The hotel is uniquely Melbourne, inspired by the neo-classical Flinders Street railway station. The hotel room design is inspired by grand train travel and includes Victorian details of Flinders Street Station such as the subway tiles, typography and bluestone laneways. Other travel-influenced features include vintage leather luggage in the drawer pulls and 3D painted timber headboards with decorative detail influenced by drapery within train carriages.
“M&L Hospitality is very honoured to receive the award, especially given the high calibre of hotels that participated in this category,” said Neil Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of M&L Hospitality. “We are very proud of the designers we engaged, who not only brought the historic Flinders Station to life but also gave the hotel an urban edginess that is in keeping with the area’s iconic laneways. “We always strive to deliver the most value from a hotel asset and are very encouraged to be recognised by such an international interior design award.”