What we did

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

Atlas Hotels





Main Contractor

MVS Contractors


In 2006 Atlas Hotels, formerly Somerston Hotels, supported by Occa Design, Edmond Shipway and MVS Contractors, embarked on an ambitious public area refurbishment program across 18 Holiday Inn Express sites in the Atlas Hotels portfolio.

The rolling program would see sites up and down the UK refurbished to a high standard, in a short space of time.  The successful coordination of the works was a primary focus of the proposals.

Occa Design was asked to create a timeless interior design scheme in a classic palette, with contemporary touches which would be specific to the Atlas Hotels sites and suited to the open plan nature of a Holiday Inn Express Hotel.  The specification level was to exceed the standards of the brand and create a strong franchisee identity for the Atlas Hotels properties which could then be further applied to future sites as their refurbishment dates approached.

A light and bright palette of white wall finishes and light ceramics provide a backdrop for white Corian reception, bar and buffet counters. A red feature wall covering defines the reception areas and red and taupe feature walls appear throughout. Rich timber flooring and a bespoke carpet in neutral tones define zones within the space from reception, through the bar and lounge to the restaurant.

A mix of high quality, contemporary furniture shapes in wool and leather finishes are accented with red cushions and bespoke lighting features throughout the public areas.

The interior design concept was so successful that the interiors remain stylish and the quality specification has seen minimal wear and tear over the decade.

In 2009 we were asked to provide a further colour variation on the scheme for a number of sites.  This time a purple accent palette was selected, retaining the original base scheme.  this was implemented across a further six sites.

Occa Design enjoys a long-standing and successful relationship with Atlas Hotels and have recently completed the refurbishment of a number of additional sites bringing them in line with the new Holiday Inn Express Gen IV concept.

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