The 18-hole Mere Golf and Country Club designed by Open champions James Braid and George Duncan in 1934, has entered the 21st century relaunching itself as a hotel and leisure resort, in Cheshire, UK
Owner, Mark Boler hired Pochin Construction to convert an existing stable block into a five star-spa and pool and later added an 86-bedroom hotel to the main building with the interiors designed by Mather and Co.
The design consultancy is formerly known for its work in the museum, visitor attraction and sports sectors. Clients include Chelsea FC, Cadbury’s, The British Olympic Association and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
It worked on three aspects of the project; all of the interiors at the health club and spa, completing the interior design of the hotel and project managing refurbishments and enhancements to the existing golf and country club, including a new restaurant, bar, conference suites and the Club Lounge and Bar.
The brief was to create a fresh, contemporary design whilst reflecting and retaining The Mere’s traditional Victorian architecture and the venue’s rich history going back over 75 years. It had to produce a robust and flexible style which catered towards the hotel and conference guests whilst appealing to existing golf club members.
“The colours and materials were of paramount importance to respect and accentuate the original stone and brickwork fabric and this is reflected throughout in the choice of design schemes in a range of earthy, rustic tones and warm woods,” said Chris Mather, managing director, Mather & Co.
“Golf has, naturally, been another inspiration. Signage and branding has been kept minimal and discreet but the hotel walls and corridors are decorated in images that reflect The Mere’s golfing heritage and paintings by renowned local artist, Harold Riley.”