Blackburn-based designer Bibi Interior Architecture recently completed a commission for the Whitehall Hotel in Darwen in the UK, which required a design specialist to plan and oversee the redevelopment of its principal function room.
Built as a manor house in the late 19th Century, the sandstone-fronted Whitehall Hotel is a venue for weddings, business meetings and conferences. The function room itself is a recent extension, and owners Neil and Tracy Bullows wanted it the room remain aligned to the hotel’s traditional aesthetics while introducing an element of modernity.
The Bibi Interior Architecture team of designers proposed improving the use of space by removing a number of columns and transforming the layout and décor through a combination of both traditional and contemporary materials.
The refit included installing a bespoke new bar, replacing the ceiling and floor and fitting custom manufactured doors throughout. The designers also had the doors made to its own specification and similarly designed the bar, which had a Corian worktop and textured side panels.
Remotely controllable colored lighting was also a key element of the scheme. The controls enable different zones to be emphasized and differentiated, while strip lights wash the voiles with accents of color.