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March 4, 2014 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Leading British interior design practice, David Collins Studio, has been appointed to restore Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor to its former glory as one of the world’s elite luxury hotels.

Mr.Adi Halim, Hotel Director of The Windsor’s owner, The Halim Group, said today that David Collins Studio was perfectly suited to create and execute the vision for the new Hotel Windsor.

He said :“David Collins Studio has redefined interior architecture on a global scale, and has a proven track record for achieving superb results within heritage buildings such as Claridge’s, The Connaught, Fortnum & Mason, The Wolseley and Harrods in London. The Studio’s work has a delicate respect for the past, whilst evoking a refined timelessness aligned with the expectations of the discerning global traveller.

“With Denton Corker Marshall designing the architecture and David Collins Studio the interior, I believe we have the dream team to deliver a very special hotel here in Melbourne.”

Simon Rawlings, Creative Director of David Collins Studio, said: “The iconic Victorian Windsor Hotel offers us the opportunity to bring our creative vision and unique experience to Melbourne.

This city, which I love, is renowned internationally, and through The Studio’s extensive and collaborative work with Heritage Victoria, Denton Corker Marshall and The Halim Group, it will soon have a hotel it truly deserves.”

David Collins Studio has been appointed to commence detailed interior design following final approval of the concept for interior restoration and redevelopment of the heritage hotel by Heritage Victoria. It is the first project for DCS in Australia.

The restoration will include The Windsor’s architectural treasures the Spring Street colonnade, Grand Ballroom, the Foyer, the Heritage Suites and the Grand Staircase.

Mr. Halim said the rigorous heritage approval process for the interior had taken more than 15 months which underlined Heritage Victoria’s respect for the  importance of the building.

This process needed to be completed  before the Halim Group could progress the construction plans and documentation ahead of tendering the $300 million redevelopment.

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