Hinkley Campus Hotel – HOST 2 Ltd
Interior design and fit-out within the central amenities facility at the first of two vast hotel facilities across self-contained campuses

CL Drylining Ltd provided the required labour for a comprehensive project to provide two bar facilities and reception area, ready to welcome guests at the 510 room facility, built for workers at the Hinkley Point C Nuclear New Build site.

The Project

The modular hotel complex took shape in the first half of 2018 with the delivery and installation of 15 accommodation blocks. Each block of 34 single rooms comprises 18 modular units with a secure entrance and modern, wood cladding.

The 510-room campus has a large, well-appointed central amenity building which houses a restaurant, two bars, a gym and meeting facilities. CL Drylining Ltd provided the required labour to deliver the fit-out of the large lounge and sports bars and create a welcoming atmosphere where operatives can relax and wind down after work. The challenge was to create a ‘home from home’ feel, in line with HOST’s tagline “Your Somerset Home”. This couldn’t be more evident with the provision of the two distinct bar areas on the ground and first floors and the level of detail required by the specification.

Delivery

Incorporating interior design specialist, Andrew Rogers of Revisionr, CL Drylining Ltd provided the required labour on behalf of TCI Construction WORKS to complete a full fit-out design for both the luxurious lounge bar and the more informal sports bar.

In the spirit of collaborative working, a comprehensive process of interior décor sampling followed the initial design process, involving HOST and end-user representatives to ensure the right tone was set within the facility. A key challenge was to turn a bare, sterile, empty shell of a new build into a welcoming social environment.

With the installation of bespoke, locally produced carpentry and innovative wall coverings, the character of each bar took shape quickly. Bookcase ‘art’ wallpaper adorns the wall above a dado in the Sandpiper bar, giving way to a lounge feel, with a feature chimney breast constructed with hand-made Brick Slips cladding. Booths and open spaces are separated by open wooden screens, giving privacy and form to the room whilst allowing it to remain contiguous.

Lighting features, including hanging conical pendants and industrial-style bulkhead lamps set the scene and create a soft, warm glow. In the Sports Bar, a bolder approach has been taken to create a multifunctional social space with a slightly more industrial feel. Mesh panel and pallet-wood wall features, and stainless steel panelling add to the effect, with partitions that feature ‘vintage’ factory-style, glazed windows.

Result

Hinkley Accommodation Campus became operational on schedule, with an extremely high standard of finish that you would expect from a hotel facility at one of Europe’s largest developments.

The two bar areas have a warm, yet spacious feel, with vintage-effect furniture that simply blends into the surroundings.