The former Guildhall is a fine example of a late Victorian Civic Building. Its heritage value is recognised by its Grade II Listed status. The vacant former Courthouse and Civic offices are proposed to be reinvented as an upscale, four star, lifestyle hotel. Catering for corporate and leisure demand, the scheme includes potential for 120+ bedrooms, breakfast room, a restaurant, a private dining room, three bars/lounges and a first floor function space, plus spa facilities including a gym and treatment rooms.
Much of the original Guildhall itself remains remarkably intact with the original building and details being discernible beneath subsequent alterations, additions and services intrusions. Our approach has been to work with the historic fabric to create dramatic public areas and bedrooms of individual character.
The scheme includes removal of the insensitive 1950s interventions and extensions, reinstatement of the original north elevation and the opportunity for a new hotel courtyard extension. The intent for the new contemporary extension is as an architectural contrast to the Guildhall, sensitively joined by a ‘light-touch’ connection to the historic building.