London-based firm Carmody Groarke has been selected to design a standalone hotel suite on Burgh Island, a tidal island on the South Devon coast. Commissioned by Burgh Island Ltd, the owners of the site's eponymous Grade-II listed art deco hotel, the new standalone "Pool House" suite sits atop the island's cliffs offering customers generous views of the Bantham Estuary and the hotel’s Mermaid Pool, an outdoor seawater pool and private beach for hotel guests. The design for was selected after an invited competition conducted by the RIBA involving 15 architectural firms, with shortlisted teams including dRMM, Featherstone Young, and Threefold Architects also submitting proposals. However, Carmody Groarke's design, developed with help from structural engineers Price & Myers, was ultimately chosen for its "poetic response that would make a positive contribution to the landscape and drama of the setting, whilst providing an appropriately unforgettable and luxurious experience for guests."
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