Guests enjoyed the official opening of The Grand in Southport. Photo by Mark Shirley owner of Shift F8 Photography

The company which led the interior design transformation at The Grand in Southport has been nominated for a top industry award. 

APM Design Ltd, based in Darwen in Lancashire, has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Northern Design Awards. 

The firm was recognised in the Commercial Interior Design Project of the Year category for its work at The Grand. 

The first phase of the stunning transformation of the unique art deco building on Lord Street in Southport town centre opened in July this year, with a brasserie restaurant and Chloe’s piano bar on the ground floor. 

The opening night visitors said The Grand “looks amazing” after seeing its new look for the first time – praising owners Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group for “keeping a little bit of history in our town”, with one visitor saying his visit felt “like being on a cruise ship”.  

The magnificent Grade II Listed building was opened in 1923 – it celebrates its centenary next year – and has entertained generations of Sandgrounders as a cinema, as a bingo hall, as an early car showroom, and as the former ‘Grand Casino’.

The stylish Princess Grace Suite function and events room has since opened on the first floor, with Harry’s Bar and the Sky Bar on the top floor due to open in Spring next year. 

Mikhail Hotel and Leisure has already invested £4million in the ongoing redevelopment. 

The Grand in Southport

The Grand in Southport

The prestigious annual Northern Design Awards brings together designers, retailers and property developers in a glittering celebration of Northern design and style.

This year’s final and glittering gala dinner takes place at the Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock in Liverpool on Friday 18th November 2022.

APM Design Ltd could even take home a hat-trick of awards, after also being shortlisted for  Commercial Interior Design Practice of the Year and Restaurant and Bar Project of the Year (Artizen, Athelis). 

A Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group spokesperson said: “We are thrilled that our friends at APM Design Ltd have been named as finalists in three of this year’s Northern Design Awards!

“We hope that they continue the success of previous years where APM Design have been named winners of numerous awards including; Project of the Year 2020 and Hotel Project of the Year 2021.

“We look forward to the awards ceremony at the end of November… We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing them good luck!” 

Guests enjoyed the official opening of The Grand in Southport. Photo by Mark Shirley owner of Shift F8 Photography

An APM Design Ltd spokesperson said: “As a small family run business it means a lot to receive this prestigious industry recognition and we are delighted for our clients that their fantastic venues are getting their well deserved plaudits.”

A Northern Design Awards spokesperson said: “What an incredible few weeks it has been. With an astounding amount of entries submitted, we certainly had a task getting them down to this penultimate stage.” 


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