We are dedicated to finding new insight into the current business climate and have focussed this review on the hospitality design market. We recently sat down with John Lewis, Associate at Richmond. He shared his thoughts on obstacles in the marketplace in the next 18 months as well as sharing the firm’s flagship project.
Richmond is a design consultancy firm that was established in 1966 and has designed some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, from locations in London and Paris to Tokyo and Barbados and many in between! Richmond offers a variety of services including Concept Design, Master Planning, Schematic Design, Site Supervision & Design Implementation, to name just a few, specialising in the hospitality sector.
Winning awards and accolades continues to drive this firm with the desire to design hotels that are authentic, intelligent and inspiring. You can explore the work of Richmond here in their project section.
Over the next 18 months, which sectors do you predict being most busy? Why?
Historically during periods of uncertainty the corporate sector stays quite busy. With BREXIT creating ambiguity for the future and with no deal certain at the moment, companies downsizing or re-organising post Brexit will keep them busy.
Over the next 18 months, what obstacles do you predict in your market?
Due to the long term time scale of our projects developments, and broad international spread, we don’t usually hit many obstacles; the only time we have been impacted was when the whole world shut down in 2008.
What is your practice / studio flagship project?
Historically our flagship project has been the 5 star luxury hotel in Budapest; the Four Seasons Gresham Palace .
What is your main USP for attracting new talent?
Due to the broad nature of our projects, where we will have Residential, F&B (Food & Beverage), Corporate, Spa, Retail, Leisure, all in one project, it helps to attract the right kind of new talent to our firm as these people will have a desire to work on many elements of design.