The niu Loom hotel sits at the heart of what used to be lovingly referred to as Cottonopolis. What was the beating heart of the UK textiles industry, Manchester now attracts business and pleasure visitors by the thousands. To help accommodate these guests in a fitting setting, hotel group NOVUM Hospitality called on the expertise of Core Real Estate to develop an interior design for a new hotel that would use the fabric of the City’s rich history to create a vibrant new hospitality hub.
Core Real Estate used various architectural and design elements to bring the buzz of the city’s old mills back to life in the foyer, bar and bedrooms. Cotton reels and weaving looms run seamlessly through the colours and imagery on the walls, and also in the specifications for the all-important furnishings and fittings.
The Contract Furniture Group was brought in to ensure the theme was comprehensively carried through everything from the industrial bar to the upholstered seating and case goods, as project manager Ed Brown confirms:
“The niu Loom is a stunning project, and one I’m very proud to have worked on. Core Real Estates came to us with a very tight brief as the theme was already developed, but I’m glad to say we were able to help with the creative process through extensive option analysis and sampling. The end result is a wonderful blend of modern style and historic feel, where you cant help but get the impression you are somewhere that might be new, but already has great cultural significance to the area.”
Final installation at the niu Loom was completed in December 2019, with furnishings including: Cartoon, Industrial, Libby and French Bistro style chairs; Crank Ishwar and Girder base tables; and beds from the new Contract Furniture catalogue, as well as bespoke case goods and custom-made fixed seating manufactured at the firm’s UK production sites, all now in place.