Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter
CLIENT ABODE HOTELS
LOCATION CATHEDRAL YARD, EXETER
STATUS CONCEPT DESIGN, 2015
SECTOR HOTEL / COMMERCIAL / INTERIORS / RESTAURANT
Working under Touch Design Group, Ben Huggins led the redesign of a historic city landmark, The Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter. The scheme included the reworking of both the champagne bar and fine dining restaurant. Working closely with the head chef and hotel manager, a detailed study of existing catering and delivery systems was used to inform the layout. In response, the creation of open passes facilitated better connection and visibility between the kitchen and dining areas. Interior design services included the curation and procurement of off the shelf and bespoke items for all furniture and fittings to be manufactured by interior specialists Touch Design Group. Working with the city conservation officer, we developed an interior scheme that would present a modern offering that sat well within its historical context of the Cathedral Yard in which the hotel is situated.
In 2017 the Royal Clarence was sadly destroyed by fire. It is currently undergoing major reconstruction.