Celebrating Fairmont St Andrews’ multi-million pound renovations, the five-star resort showcased its extensive refurbishment this month. The revealing of new interiors follows the appointment of executive chef Frank Trepesch, former executive sous chef at The Savoy, and the arrival of The Savoy Afternoon Tea.
The highly anticipated renovations, managed by designers RPW, has been influenced by the history and landscapes of St Andrews, and seen a complete redesign of the hotel’s Atrium, incorporating a bespoke 60m long ceiling sculpture by award winning artist George Singer, a new restaurant and the Kittock’s Bar.
A focal point of the renovation is ‘Zephyr’, an organic, swirling ceiling sculpture sweeping through the Atrium, imitating the movement of the North Sea. A natural colour palette, layered earthy textures and an eclectic furniture collection create a relaxed, inviting atmosphere in the lounge as well as linking the interior with the views of the coastal landscape beyond the full height window. The 25m high glass topped Atrium doubles as an event space, popular for receptions, exhibitions, gala dinners and now hosting the newly launched Savoy Afternoon Tea.
‘Zephyr’ was designed by London-based artist George Singer in collaboration with Onformative, a Berlin-based computer code writing company who built the app which Singer used to create the sculpture. According to George Singer: “Zephyr is designed to reflect the crashing waves, the flocks of starlings, the long wind-blown grasses, the spring blossom, the shoals of fish, the rolling hills, the clouds and the sheer energy, beauty, and dynamism of the east coast of Scotland.”
Inspired by the varying landscapes of St Andrews, upholstery and fabrics have been selected from revered Scottish companies such as Andrew Muirhead and Bute Fabrics. Bute, based on the Isle of Bute off west coast of Scotland, provided a number of the richly textured fabrics in the scheme influenced by the islands scenery. The company and the island share a unique family history as the 5th Marquess of Bute set up the company in 1947 to provide employment for returning servicemen and servicewomen.
Perfectly complementing this, the avant-garde Scottish artistic fabric and textile designers Timorous Beasties have developed and printed a pair of contemporary velvet wall hangings. The hangings have been installed in the double heighted reception space to give a sense of locality and to show the Fairmont’s authenticity as soon as guests enter the hotel.
As well as a revised layout, Kittock’s Bar has drawn on nautical elements found in the nearby River Tay estuaries and surrounding fishing villages, to create a comforting atmosphere for drinking and dining.
John Keating, general manager at Fairmont St Andrews commented: “This renovation has been a huge undertaking across the hotel; I’m extremely proud and excited to see the public areas looking so resplendent, they’ve already made a huge difference in opening space and the feel has been well received. The refurbishment is part of a wider investment throughout the resort over the next 12 months which will ensure Fairmont St Andrews remains one of Scotland’s leading luxury hotels, from the interior and exterior surroundings, to our personalised service.”
Elizabeth Lane, director of projects at RPW, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the revival of this hotel property which simply has a breath-taking location which we have made a focal point in the renovation. We are extremely happy to be working with Kennedy Wilson and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts on this project.”
Over the next 12 months a number of Fairmont St Andrews guestrooms will undergo refurbishment to complete the multi-million pound renovations showcasing the best of Scottish heritage and hospitality.