The Pullman brand has announced plans to transform the ground floor of one of Melbourne’s hotels, Pullman Melbourne On The Park, with a $6million investment.The 419-room hotel’s ground floor interior spaces – reception, arrival area, bar and restaurant – will be completely transformed, whilst respecting the hotel’s heritage, under the direction of national design practice, Rothelowman, who have been appointed to manage the project.The redevelopment will connect the external streetscape with the internal lobby, restaurant and bar with a radically-redesigned series of interconnected spaces, positioning the hotel design in line with the Pullman Hotels & Resorts global cosmopolitan brand.Set to undergo the greatest transformation is the restaurant and bar which is soon to become a playground of culinary delight, focused around local produce and the visual theatre of food preparation. Large open-plan spaces and semi-private dining room areas will be incorporated into the new restaurant concept, all designed around creating an interactive environment, featuring a large pizza oven, raw bar section for fresh seafood and cured items, a churned ice-creamery and dessert bar.Featured quite prominently in the design is an oversized new bar with a central position, designed for bar staff and mixologists to create and animate cocktail making. The bar will also serve craft beers and a selection of wines, as well as all-day dining options focused around shared dishes. Set to be an entity in its own right, the bar will feature a large double sided fireplace near the entrance to welcome hotel guests and external patrons alike, acting as a conduit, linking to the restaurant, lobby and hotel.Inspired by the hotel’s outlook over Fitzroy Gardens, the colours and textures will be reflected in treatments throughout the new ground floor design, with patterns set against a backdrop of chevron timber wall panelling, retaining the formality of an upscale executive hotel with a relaxed, sophisticated ambience. Erkin Aytekin, general manager at Pullman Melbourne On The Park said, “This iconic hotel has long held a special place in the hearts of Melbournians, and our new welcoming sophisticated ground floor spaces are set to impress our loyal returning guests and attract even greater volumes of global nomads, captivated by Pullman hotels.”“Key to Rothelowman’s innovative design is the ability for the ground floor to flex from cosy intimate spaces to larger open plan spaces to accommodate high demand periods associated with the hotel’s proximity to Melbourne’s main sports and entertainment precinct – just a stone’s throw from the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, Olympic Park and AAMI Park.“Once completed, the hotel will be brought into line with the international direction of the Pullman brand with its state-of-the-art design and finishes, whilst respecting the hotel’s rich heritage,” concluded Erkin.