• Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Design
  • FF&E Specification
  • Lighting Design
  • Bedroom Casegoods
  • Public Area Shopfit

Redefine BDL


June 2009




Occa Design was appointed by Redefine BDL to take on the £4million refurbishment of Dundee’s Swallow Hotel during its transition to The Landmark Hotel in 2009, before converting to the DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee more recently.  Boasting both wedding and conferencing capabilities in unique surroundings, the aim was to unify the old and new buildings through the creation of a timeless interior design concept.  The project saw the refurbishment of the main public areas and the conversion of existing bedrooms to form larger four-star spaces.  Later phases saw the upgrade of the restaurant and meeting rooms.

The original part of the property is a mansion, built in 1870 and set amongst six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, including a listed maze garden and a walled garden.  The mansion retains many of its original features including ornate cornicing and antique fireplaces.  Later extensions form the reception, bedroom wings and conferencing facilities.

The seamless transition from the more modern bedroom extension to the public spaces located in the original mansion house was a key focus of the brief. In the guest rooms, the interior architecture was altered with three rooms being converted into two, creating larger ensuites and more spacious bedrooms.

A warm, rich interior scheme was created for the hotel with an overall classic aesthetic relative to the mansion house.  The exposed stone wall of the house is retained in the reception and complemented by neutral wallcoverings, ceramics and rich textiles.  An elegant interior design approach in the bedrooms is enhanced by a sumptuous material palette, from the use of tactile wallcoverings to deep carpets and dark wood furniture finishes.

Throughout the project touches of tartan reference the Scottish heritage of the building adding an understated palette of accents colours in reds, teals and blacks.  Traditional style furniture in leather and wool finishes give the public rooms an easy informality while rich velvet fabrics and soft lighting further accentuate the luxurious feel of the bedrooms.

The interior design scheme has given the hotel the new lease of life required of its brand transition, unifying the old and new parts of the property and creating an enhanced bedroom product.  Since its more recent rebranding to DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee, Occa Design has returned to the hotel in 2015, firstly to design the honeymoon suite, and subsequently to create a new breakfast buffet in line with DoubleTree by Hilton brand standards, on behalf of Redefine BDL.

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