We worked with the Sleeperz hotel chain to design the new 120-bed hotel that sits above the railway station in Dundee’s Central Waterfront on the River Tay.
As part of the regeneration of the railway station in Dundee’s Central Waterfront, we worked with the Sleeperz hotel chain to design the new 120-bed hotel that sits above the station. With exceptional views of the new Dundee V&A museum and the River Tay, Sleeperz’s brief was to provide a fresh and exciting interior that would appeal to the professional and discernible visitor travelling on a budget. Aware of its proximity to the new world-class museum, they were also keen to show their own design credentials and provide a modern, vibrant interior whilst retaining a high degree of comfort for their visitors.
Within our design, we capitalised on the rich heritage of Dundee with its famous ‘jute, jam and journalism’ history. We incorporated jute ropes in the screen elements within the public spaces as a nod to both the shipbuilding/whaling era and the jute industry. Within the graphic wall in one of the lounges, there are additional items drawing on the connections to Dundee including Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings, Frankenstein and Oor Wullie.
The ethos behind the Sleeperz brand is that their hotels can usually be found in close proximity to railway stations, hence the play on the word sleepers. Again, an abstract graphic of railway lines was applied to the feature walls of the bedrooms using the brand colours which can be seen throughout the interior.
The architecture of the building featured a very prominent glass-enclosed stairwell, providing access to all floors of the hotel. Working with glass designers in Spain, a full-height glass and wire light pendant was designed and installed, spanning all five floors, creating a stunning lighting feature.
The end result is a stylish, contemporary hotel that sits comfortably within the city’s new development.