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"Jonathan has photographed International Alert's work in three different continents. He always becomes part of the team, needs a minimum amount of support and delivers stunning images which convey a real sense of humanity."
Phil Vernon
Director of Programmes
International Alert
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Quality photography is absolutely essential to our brand. It’s who we are, what we do and the impact we have on the world. And that means working with a photographer like Jonathan, who understands what we are trying to achieve with our work."
THOM MCKAY,
Director of Communications
RTKL.COM
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset,
Vice President
InterGen Europe
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"We work with photographers that try to capture the essence of our work and reflect our company values in terms of design. Jonathan produces excellent results every time with creative flair. He is highly professional to work with as well as personable. "
Sean Collins & James Felstead
Directors of CGL Architects.
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"Jonathan Banks has captured the faces of different people that vividly represent the human side of the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace. "
EU Ambassador in Yerevan
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset
Vice President, InterGen Europe
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News

04

Oct

Photographing the Batumi Hilton five-star hotel

  • By Jonathan Banks

I was recently assigned by architects CallisonRTKL to photograph the new five-star hotel in the Black Sea Port of Batumi, Georgia.

The two day shoot was to include the Argo cable car and viewing platform. I worked 16 hour days, rising at 4.30am to catch the sunrise and wrapping up at 9pm, just after sun down. The hotel sits between the Black Sea and Park containing a Dolphinarium, zoo and Nurigeli Lake, which is home to lots of noisy frogs. On the first morning of photography before the sun was up I was completely thrown by the sound of dolphins, a strange croaking sound plus some sort of monkey!!!

This 75,000 m2 mixed-use development comprises two towers; a 21 storey hotel tower for Hilton International and a 19 storey tower residential tower. The Hilton Batumi occupies the first tower offering 247 rooms including a health spa with indoor swimming pool and fitness centre. The hotel has seven meeting rooms, a ballroom, a 24-hour business centre and an executive lounge. It also has a corporate space that can cater for events or celebrations for up to 750 guests and a sky bar that boasts magnificent 360 degree views from the 20th floor.

The second tower consists of 114 residential apartments and the remaining part of the development includes retail units, a casino and 260 car parking spaces in the basement which also incorporates back of house facilities.

Innovating engineering techniques have been used for both the design and the construction of the shared two storey basement with high water table and creation of deep piles in a seismic zone. Mace provided the construction management and cost consultancy services with Engenuiti as the structural engineers responsible for the detailed design of the structural steel work and peer review of working drawings and design for the reinforced concrete frame. Ara design was responsible for the interiors with CallisonRTKL as the overall architects.

CallisonRTKL was recently named as one of the top 5 hotel sector design and construction firms by the international magazine “Building Design and Construction”

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