We chatted to Scott Carver’s Sarah Davis, Katie Swindells and Annabelle Vincent this week about the Rydges at Campbelltown expansion project. Concrete was poured this week, with the newly constructed terrace to be covered with lush landscaping, timber, and a canopy for entertaining. Nestled between the existing hotel on the left of the site, and the existing Campbelltown Catholic Club on the right, 38 new hotel rooms are being constructed. The builder Taylor Australia is moving ahead with the soft refurbishment, and bespoke furniture and bedheads are being installed.
Sarah Davis [Senior Associate | Project Leader]
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the collaboration between SC, Rydges and Campbelltown Catholic Club?
A: Collaboration with both the club and Rydges was a welcomed conversation as we were all aligned on our desire to create a space for where Sydney’s Southwest is headed. As a community asset, Campbelltown Catholic Club have been very supportive of focusing on what both hotel guests and locals are seeking, while providing them with a space they enjoy visiting and keep coming back to.
Q: Can you describe one of the challenges of this project and how the team overcame it?
A: The biggest challenge with the construction of this hotel is maintaining the live environments on both sides of the site. This is why the client elected the ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) process to ensure that the architect, builder, client, hotel manager and staff were all working to find solutions and a programme that suited all parties. This has been realised by a very close relationship between the builder, hotel manager and club manager who meet regularly to ensure all demands are being met.
Katie Swindells [Interior Designer]
Q: Can you describe the bespoke furniture you designed for Rydges in one sentence?
A: We wanted to design something simple and modern, yet functional and comfortable for a guestroom. We kept the materials quite simple and added subtle details, such as contrast stitching to the armchair.
Q: What is one interesting consideration when designing hotel furniture? And how can this be seen in your design?
A: An interesting factor to consider is making the furniture pieces multi-use items. When the space is restricted, especially in hotel guestrooms, you need to make sure there is somewhere to work, eat and relax.
Annabelle Vincent [Interior Designer]
Q: Can you describe the bespoke bedheads you designed for Rydges in one sentence?
A: The headboard is an elegant tailored expression in design which focuses on the metal and stitching details.
Q: What was the number one challenge?
A: One of the main challenges was to be persistent with our design intent. Working with the joiner and builder to find the best solution to fit the large headboards within the guestrooms as one piece was a challenge. This was solved by removing the ceiling of the lift in order to have them distributed to each floor – in one piece.