Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham


Custom-coloured Boulevard planters were used to green the internal courtyard which lies at the heart of the hotel. The planters’ sculptural forms, combined with a planting scheme of lush foliage, provide a softening and contrasting element juxtaposed with the strikingly modern courtyard walls of claret and clear glass panels. The resulting space is calm and inviting, perfect for outdoor dining and as a general relaxation area.

A total of 46 planters were used, from the designs ALTO, KYOTO, LAUSANNE, and GEISHA. The garden pots are informally grouped, breaking up the courtyard space and creating a degree of privacy for diners. They are planted with a wide variety of grasses, ferns, acers and shrubs, creating a lush layering of textures and shades of green. Many of the hotel's rooms overlook the courtyard, and thus also benefit from the general ambiance created; and a further set of Boulevard planters were also used in the private patio of The Penthouse Suite.

The planters were custom-coloured at no additional cost to match Dulux 50YR13/032, the colour selected by landscape architects Urquhart & Hunt who specified IOTA’s planters for this project. The principal architects with overall responsibility for the hotel’s refurbishment were Make Architects. The Montpellier Chapter Hotel is located in a conservation area in the chic Montpellier district of Cheltenham, and has been beautifully refurbished to combine traditional standards of luxury with a distinctive contemporary British style. The Chapter Hotels brand was launched in 2010, and is owned by The Swire Group.

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