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Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel
Manchester, UK 2010


Manchester, United Kingdom


Marriott Hotels


December 2010

Interior Design services

Space planning
FF&E Selections
Specialist Joinery Designs
Interior Design


This four-star hotel in Manchester was first built as a warehouse in 1844. The charming building displays the old architectural detail with a contemporary modern interior.
We were commissioned to give a new and contemporary look to the rather tired and dated public areas, including; Reception, Lobby, Bar, Restaurant, Meeting Rooms , Function & Breakout Areas.

In the reception and Lobby areas, we installed bespoke rugs and carpets, sourced new fabrics to use on existing furniture, and sourced some new tables, wall coverings and artwork. We also selected new lighting in the form of wall and table lamps.

In the Bar & Restaurant areas, we redesigned the spaces, as they were not functioning well. We created different seating zones to work perfectly for the larger groups and as well as smaller groupings. We also included new banquette seating along the window areas to take advantage of the lovely outdoor views. These areas had the historical architectural features that worked well against the more contemporary and modern furniture we specified. We specified old black and white photographs of Manchester to create a cluster over the seating groups, and set against the brickwork looked fantastic. We also created an illuminated back bar to the existing, which created quite a feature with the cracked glass effect. It really brought the bar back to life. We specified a lot of artwork and accessories to refill the existing bookcases, and display areas. It really brought the space back to its former glory.

In the Function, Meeting and Break out areas, we specified new carpets, wall coverings, light fittings and artwork. It needed a complete refresh. The break out area got new credenza units, decorative lamps, artworks and a new breakout counter. Our clients were delighted with the outcome.


‘Marriott International has successfully completed many renovation projects with Black Box Interiors.  The firm is creative yet flexible when it comes to meeting our brand style.  Their work has been on time, on budget and meets our quality requirements and brand standards for hospitality interiors.  Black Box Interiors finds creative solutions at every budget level completely transforming even the smallest of spaces.  They follow their work through to every detail and take responsibility to resolve any issues.  We look forward to many future projects with Black Box Interiors.’

Christina L. Fitzsimmons / Director - International Interior Design Marriott International