The FCC Cambodia prepares for a fresh future under the auspices of new ownership
The FCC Cambodia is preparing to write new chapters in the company’s history.
At the beginning of this year, the RMA Group, which owns several well-known brands in Cambodia, took a majority stake in The FCC, with the objective of helping the company fulfil its potential. Since then, architects have been hired, renovations are underway, and plans for regional expansion are on the horizon.
In addition, the company will be known as “FCC Hotels & Restaurants”, with a refined logo and simplified colors.
“The central focus is developing the FCC as a heritage hotel and restaurant brand,” said Marco Julià, the company’s new managing director. “Among the first steps are to refurbish and upgrade the properties, in order to develop the brand and deliver an enhanced customer experience.
In Siem Reap, we are expanding the property from 30 to more than 60 rooms, as well as renovating the existing property. In Phnom Penh, we will revamp the entire building.”
In keeping with the FCC Angkor’s heritage, Gary Fell of GFAB Architects, which designed the original FCC Angkor, has been hired to design the new wing.
The additional 30-plus rooms will be built on an adjacent property, just south of the current one, by following the hotel’s current external design. The additional section will include a new spa and a swimming pool.
Construction is scheduled to finish at the end of 2014.
Renovating the FCC Phnom Penh
Significant work is also planned for the FCC in Phnom Penh, where the company has hired Noor Architecture & Interiors, the group responsible for renovating the Raffles Le Royal during the mid-1990s. The aim is to recapture the splendour of the original FCC building.
Among the first changes people will notice is the closure of Cafe Fresco on the bottom floor of The FCC, as well as its sister property in BKKI.
“The focus is The FCC, and we intend to channel all our resources towards its development. Café Fresco is not seen as a core activity, and that’s why we have already started to close them,” Julià said.
Some initial work will begin upstairs at The FCC soon after as Noor starts revamping the restaurant’s interior design.
More meaningful work will occur after the high season, when the company will open another restaurant on the ground floor and renovate the original kitchen on the second floor, among other structural improvements. Work is planned to occur in phases to minimize disruptions.
“In the future, the main floor and the roof terrace will be refined,” explained Julià. “On the main (second) floor, the idea is to reinforce the essence of the FCC, its heritage and its traditions. From a culinary point of view, it will be a refined version featuring Asian and Western style dishes, which are the core of our menu, and a more interesting, reinforced wine and beer selection.”
Good brew will be among the operation’s highest priorities.
“We are working on enlarging the beer selection to make it more interesting,” Julià said. “We are looking at bringing in some additional international beers, like Guinness and some good Belgian beers, as well as other more interesting options — like flavoured beers, for instance — that you don’t find around.”
The rooftop terrace will be more “loungy,” but within the FCC style, he said, and focus on great reinterpretations of classic cocktails. “It’s all about the experience.”