Accor’s Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
The Mercure is situated in the Grade II listed Grand Hotel, in the historic Old City area of Bristol. Ian Haigh and Central Design Studio have used the hotel’s rich history as their starting point, taking inspiration from the ornate Victorian architecture, and mixing this with the strong independent spirit and vibrant street-art scene that exists in Bristol.
The result will be a fresh lease of life for the locally renowned building, with a subversive creative streak combining to dramatic effect.
Working with local gallery and street art festival Upfest to curate the art, the building will feature more than 500 pieces by local artists, including bespoke commissioned installations by Gemma Compton and Cai Burton.
In addition, Central Design Studio has collaborated with emerging textile designers Kitty McCall and Midula Dey to develop unique upholstery fabrics for the guestrooms and public areas. The building will also feature wallpaper prints by Elli Popp and Maxlot Gallery in Amsterdam.
The centrepiece of the entrance lobby will be a bespoke feature chandelier, which will incorporate abstract art as well as vintage prints and illustrations related to the city.
The restaurant and bar will be a Keepers, an F&B concept developed in-house by Accor. In line with the Keepers ethos, the space will feature an eclectic mix of found objects and salvaged materials, inspired by the famous St Nicholas Markets – or St Nicks as it’s known locally – opposite. Overall, the restaurant and bar will have a relaxed neighbourhood atmosphere, intended to instantly feel like a firm local favourite.