Newhey Carpets – the hero Gotham deserves

 ‘The King of King Street’


Newhey Carpets, a leading British manufacturer and specialist designer of innovative, high performance and sustainable commercial carpets recently supplied over 2000 square metres of luxurious Colortec+ carpet for Manchester’s newest and most prestigious 5 Star hotel, Hotel Gotham.

Following a complete restoration by Bespoke Hotels, Marshall Construction Group and interior design firm Squid-inc, Hotel Gotham recently opened its doors at 100 King Street. Known as ‘The King of King Street’ the Grade II-listed building was designed by Edward Lutyens in 1928, with construction finishing in 1935. The building which started its life as a city centre landmark, the Midland Bank headquarters, has now been restored and reopened as the city’s most exclusive 5 Star Hotel aimed at becoming the ‘Sexiest Hotel in Europe’.


The hotel is spread over 7 floors with 60 guestrooms, a Restaurant and Private Bar as well as a members club with a roof terrace that takes in the great views it has over the city centre. Only guests with a reservation at the hotel or restaurant will be allowed inside to keep up with the hotel’s ethos of a discreet stay for the visiting VIP’s and celebrities. The hotel’s design is inspired by the art-deco heritage of the building with a number of playful nods to the buildings history as a bank, with money bag wash bags and bankers lamps.

Working with Oliver Redfern at Squid-inc, Newhey Carpets highly experienced design team helped with the design of sumptuous carpets that complemented the art-deco theme running through the hotel. The striking geometric monochrome design helped tie in with the luxurious feel throughout the hotel, from the leather-clad walls to the trunk style cocktail cabinets. Oliver “We wanted to pay tribute to a major building designed by ‘one of the greatest British architects’, Edwin Lutyens whilst injecting a distinct fresh personality.  I’m sure the guests will have as much fun at Hotel Gotham as we have had in creating it”.

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All carpet designs were bespoke creations using Colortec+, a carpet construction which is tufted using computer yarn placement technology. This product allows for a luxury yet cost effective carpet with strong durability for areas with high footfall. Newhey’s Colortec+ carpet is exclusively constructed using 80% wool and 20% Nylon hank dyed pile yarns to create a high quality carpet which makes a perfect solution for the guestrooms and corridors.

Building on more than 40 years of technical excellence and constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation in sustainability, Newhey Carpets has recently developed a revolutionary carpet secondary backing system, “evobac”, made using 100% recycled plastic bottles. This meant that as well as high quality bespoke designs, Newhey was able to offer a sustainable, high performance luxury option.

In recent months this groundbreaking innovation has been used in a number of high profile hotels such as The Park Inn Radisson at Heathrow, Dorsett Shepherds Bush in London, Tilal Liwa Hotel in Abu Dhabi and Double Tree by Hilton in Edinburgh.


All images © Newhey Carpets 2015


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