NL Architects propose a “slightly insane project”

In Richard Carr’s experience, it isn’t often that you find the people behind a project describe it as “insane”, but that is the case with the latest offering from NL Architects.

Gem-inspired hotels

Richard Carr Gem Stone

The gemstone inspired hotel

An island off the south coast of China could become the first location for a chain of gem-inspired hotels.

Purple amethyst crystals formed inside rocks have provided the inspiration for the highly ambitious hotel design, proposed by Dutch studio NL Architects.

The “slightly insane project” will see guest rooms housed behind the faceted glass that makes up its fantasy crystals.

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Richard Carr in the Archives: Battle for Cage and Zoo

Richard Carr operated in the nightlife economy for a number of years, owning and running a variety of nightclubs and bars. He also created the hugely popular ‘Slinky’ brand, which saw huge events hosted across the globe with some of the world’s biggest DJs.

Carr wins Cage and Zoo battle

Richard Carr Battle for Cage and ZooRichard Carr made the front page headline of the 1992, March 3rd edition of the Evening Echo after the police dropped their objections to his £2million nightspot.

He won his battle to build one of the country’s biggest nightclubs in Bournemouth despite the Police’s fears that it may lead to trouble in the streets.

However, Bournemouth magistrates gave Richard Carr the go-ahead to create the 2,000 capacity club in the town centre. Although the police had dropped their objections they told the court that if trouble ensued, they would object to the club renewing its operating licence.

A £2million project

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Richard Carr’s Business Beginnings

Today on Richard Carr’s Commercial and Residential website, we take a look at an article wrote about the entrepreneur when he was aged 29, by the Alfred Lambs magazine.

Alfred Lambs feature

The full two page feature, which talks about Richard Carr’s early years in business and his powerboat career, is available to read in the ‘Press’ section of his website.

The lengthy article opens by explaining Richard’s route into the fast food outlet industry, beginning with the time he spent as a farmer during his spell in agricultural college.

Richard Carr Alfred Lambs

Richard Carr’s feature in the Alfred Lambs feature

The feature spells out Richard’s desire to constantly better himself and become a successful businessmen. It took a number of small-time jobs before Richard eventually landed on his feet.

He worked on motor cruisers as a handy man; took a course in heavy engineering which set him as a welder for twelve months and then slowed made his way into the leisure industry working in hotels and restaurants.

Allied Restaurants Ltd

Richard Carr opened a fast food outlet in the centre of Bournemouth and for two years ran a Hamby House, with great success. His potential was recognised by fast food giants Wimby and it was his relationship with them that kick started his business career.

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Richard Carr in the Archives

As well as providing well-articulated, thought provoking blogs on industry news, Richard Carr will also use his website reflect on newspaper interviews relating to his previous business ventures.

Richard’s interviews are available to read in full via the ‘Press’ section of his website. Below is a flavour of what is currently available to read on PDF.

Richard Carr Echo Magazine interview, 2000

Speaking to the Echo Magazine’s Nick Churchill, Carr spoke about his rise to success through his Fast Food Service business, which he sold for £13m in 1990. “I come from a background of family that has always been in business on their own and my mother was a very hard-working women and that’s what has rubbed off on me. I enjoy the thrill of getting up in the morning and having the hurdles put in front of me.”

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