Mackay + Partners
At Mackay + Partners, we combine a keen commercial awareness with a quest for quality and design integrity.
Twenty years of experience, at the forefront of contemporary design has enriched our team with the talent, skill
and confidence to challenge the usual. As a small practice, we work on a variety of project types and scales and
always ensure our client’s objectives are exceeded.
Mackay + Partners are a progressive team, we aim to learn and evolve our ideas and knowledge through projects.
In coordination with our client, we examine the brief to expand the potential outcomes, pushing the boundaries of
architecture and interior design to find the best solution. To each project we bring a fresh perspective and plenty
of enthusiasm. We enjoy what we do.
Mackay + Partners have been responsible for some exciting hotel designs. For each of these our approach to a
design brief has combined contemporary, sophisticated design with cutting edge technology and the functionality
required of the service industry. Top London Hotels such as St Martins and The Trafalgar are two such ambitious
projects. Both took design cues from their locations. St Martins lane relies on light and colour to create an ever
changing façade while The Trafalgar public spaces are an extension of the famous landmark square outside. We
believe in the application of the very best of interior design for these projects, a design that will then be supported
by the highest standard of hospitality and service.
Making lifestyle decisions is something that many people encounter every day. The opportunity to
build or refurbish a home provides exciting challenges to emphasise the way individuals wish to live. At
Mackay + Partners, we view a home as a place that supports both our practical and emotional needs. We give
great attention to the needs of each individual inhabitant so that ‘way of life’ can be enhanced.
Buildings that are no longer fit for their original purpose and which are well past their sell-by date are culminating in
our cities. The increased demand for sustainability has led to a new market for the refurbishment and modification
of such buildings. At Mackay + Partners, we have a unique track record with such recycling projects. The delivery of
these projects is rewarding to our clients and the city as a whole. Our work in Soho, London, has been exceptionally
successful in the recycling of wasteful spaces through altering buildings into essential developments.
Fulfilling the vision of Philippe Starck, French Designer, and Ian Schrager, American property entrepreneur,
ensured the success of St Martins Lane Hotel. Mackay + Partners were employed to bring key aspects of
production, execution, local knowledge and innovation to this exciting project.
Located in London’s West End, St Martins design reflects the ever changing theatrics of the area. Interactive
lighting and special effects, play a dominant role in creating altering atmospheres that can be manipulated
The original Sanderson building was completed in 1960 as office space for Sanderson Wallpapers. As the
building had since been granted a Grade 2 heritage listing, Mackay + Partners undertook intense negotiations
with English Heritage and the worked closely with the original architects to achieve planning permission needed
for the contemporary design and alterations.
Designed to convey new ideals in luxury, the Sanderson combines a minimal spacious surrounding with accents
of eccentric drama.
Hilton Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Hilton was the Hilton group’s first unbranded luxury lifestyle hotel and shift from the conventional
business traveller formula. It was also the first hotel located in Trafalgar Square, London, where our design
of over 100 rooms, a restaurant and new bar is contained behind the strong neo-classical heritage listed fa-
çade. Mackay + Partners aimed to create an environment where attention to detail ensured comfort and a
home-from-home experience for guests anticipated to be aged 25 - 40.
The key design features are the bar, Rockwell, and restaurant, contributing to the overall modern feeling of the
scheme without the risk of dating. Stylistically, this can prove difficult but the design’s success lay on restrained
and sophisticated materials that allowed the energy of the bar and restaurant to take over.
Mackay + Partners llp has been commissioned as Architects and Interior Designers for this exciting new 150
Bedroomed hotel of over 10,000 m2 development on upper Hill, Nairobi. The client - Mara Property Management,
London and Nairobi based, is an International Construction and Hoteling company, with sites and projects in
London, East Africa and India.
The vision is create a new iconic hotel, which will have a prominent skyline presence overlooking the Nairobi
National Park to the south and the down town Nairobi city CBD with it’s skyline of 1970’s and 80’s towers. The
most famous being the 1973, KICC – Kenyan International Convention Centre which has a very striking profile,
formed in brutalism concrete, reflecting the optimism of the Barbican in London or the spirit of Brasilia.
The hotel will rise above a landscaped podium, housing a business centre, conference centre, spa and car
parking. The ground floor lobby and grounds will flow through to the landscape and the distant city views. The
hotel tower rooms have been orientated to the north to take advantage of views and ensure the best orientation
for sun shading on the east and west facades.
All rooms will have breeze ways, balconies and solar shading. Each room will have the latest broadband and
interactive wi-fi connections. No hotel in Kenya yet offers this level of in room personal business connectivity.
The roof top – 25th floor, will house the long view pool and moon bar / restaurant for the best swim in town.
Hog Island Resort
Mackay + Partners were commissioned in 2001 to prepare a scheme for an environmental friendly and self suf-
ficient Hog Island Resort. The scheme incorporated a number of private housing units, a spa hotel, harbour and
a large nature reserve.
The Island had a number of complex building and civil engineering issues. The intention was to use local sus-
tainable and low embodied energy materials, energy efficient fuel cells and water recycling plant. The scheme is
currently being considered by its developers and local council members.
Claridges Capetown, South Africa
Proposal for refurbishment and extension of an existing 1903s Colonial hotel in the Embassy area of Luytens
New Delhi. The owner wanted to have an international designer feel.
The project did not proceed as planning application for a new-build hotel was granted.
Claridges New Delhi, India
Claridges Hotel approached Mackay + Partners in 2004, to provide a scheme for the refurbishment of an early
1900s colonial hotel located in the Luytens area of New Delhi. At the time, multi- national hotel chains had a
strong presence in the area, Mackay + Partners aim was to rebrand the hotel and develop a distinctive boutique
on an international level.
The existing hotel consisted of three separate older buildings and one central building. Mackay + Partners
objective was to consolidate the layout, links and services between and within the buildings to create a seamless
transitions from area to area. The design proposal opens the spaces using light and reflective materials, along
with highlights of colour to echo the surrounding vibrancy of Delhi.
The design of Apartment H needed to overcome issues of restricted space and light that faces many architects
when designing small dwellings in the inner city. Consisting of less than 70m2, the existing narrow space
spanned between two facades with a single, heritage listed, window at either end. The result was a continuous
open plan layout, simple and reflective materials, and a monotone pallet.
Extending the entire length of the apartment, floor to ceiling mirrors create a continuous reflection which refracts
light and creates a sense of expanded space. Through perfect illusion, the mirrors conceal many cupboards, a
study, bathroom and entertainment equipment, keeping the apartment visually uncluttered.
Apartment H is refreshing and calm space that offers its occupants an uncomplicated back drop for a home.
Barbican Apartment 60
Set in the previous Corporation of London Estate Office, Barbican Apartment 60 is a leading example of the
value of regenerating heritage buildings The internal space is over six meters high with a floor area of 350m2,
has a central lift core that services upper floors, floor to ceiling windows and building support columns of bush
hammered concrete, typical of the Barbican exterior, on the perimeter. The heritage listing on the building required
the preservation of elements such as the floor and wall finishes, windows, and fittings.
The success of Barbican Apartment 60 is in the preservation of the interior volumes and injection of modern
materials against the original fabric. The back portion of the apartment is cleverly divided horizontally by use of
a mezzanine which allows a dramatic change in spaces from the tall open lounge and formal dinning areas, to
the low-height sleek kitchen space. Contemporary reflective finishes and fittings contrast perfectly against the
textured concrete walls and timber floors.
M & C Saatchi
M&C Saatchi location, in Golden Square, features two buildings dating from 1914. Mackay + Partners designed
an atrium between the existing buildings which spirals upward, incorporating each level of the building into its
architecture. The new entrance allows the main interior gallery to be the focus of the street level observation.
Frameless structural glass was the key to the dramatic atrium enclosures.
The final resolution of Mackay + Partners scheme optimizes stillness. It is a testament to the design that this
initial sense of calm still resides within the series of spaces emanating from the reception area.
Our work with M&C Saatchi brought Mackay + Partners several architectural awards and has become the
benchmark against which our practice continues to be measured.
Mackay + Partners LLP
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