After a pause while consent was obtained for the complete taking down and rebuilding of the former Tudno Castle Hotel at Llandudno, works have started again in earnest to recreate this historic frontage in the town centre. Years of decay had caused the original rubble filled walls of the building to have deteriorated beyond repair and the overall structure had become dangerous, rendering the proposed façade retention scheme unviable.
Allison Pike have recently completed the refurbishment of the Goshawk pub in Mouldsworth, Cheshire for Hydes Brewery. This has transformed it into a charming destination country pub serving freshly prepared food in an appealing rural atmosphere. The layout retains separate rooms and the design uses many of the original features of the building that have been carefully restored to give an authentic feel. An Arts and Crafts theme pervades much of the interior with William Morris inspired designs in wallpapers and fabrics used extensively.
The bedroom offering at Castle Green Hotel has been enhanced by the addition of a pair of new executive rooms, branded the Herdwick Suites. These modern stylish rooms feature amazing panoramic views towards Kendal Castle and the Lakeland Fells. The interior design is based around each room having a luxurious feel with super king bed, large seating area and a swivel large flatscreen TV. The scheme was initially inspired by the rural setting of the Herdwick sheep in their natural environment.
Following the success of the first timber frame newbuild Miller and Carter completed last year in Aylesbury, a second version of this template was recently completed by Mitchells and Butlers. Located in a suburban site in Killingworth, a town north of Newcastle upon Tyne, the restaurant serves a new residential area of the town. Located on a prominent site facing the A189 the land was formerly part of White House Farm, now known as Gosforth Park, with an adjacent Bellway Homes development at Moorfields.
Allison Pike were commissioned to design a new 120 bedroom hotel for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, on a site adjacent to the Big One roller coaster on the Promenade. The site sits alongside the existing Big Blue Hotel, designed by Allison Pike in 2003. Planning for the new hotel was submitted in December 2017 and the project will represent a £12M investment by the Pleasure Beach with a target opening in 2019.
Planning Permission was recently granted for a 90 bedroom Premier Inn Hotel at Oxford Greyfriars Court following a lengthy design and consultation process. Allison Pike acted as client’s executive architect in conjunction with concept architects MICA (formerly Rick Mather Architects). The site is close to the Westgate Shopping Centre and faces Paradise Square, with the design intending to attract customers into the all-day coffee shop and restaurant at ground level. In total the design accommodates 90 bedrooms in addition to the Thyme bar restaurant and ancillary spaces.
Allison Pike have recently completed the implementation of part of a programme of new Kitchen Breakfast Rooms in 3 Premier Inn ‘COLO’ sites where there was no food offering within the hotel itself. All are located on sites with a remote, non-Whitbread restaurant and the brief came from the requirement to offer guests a ‘Premier Inn’ breakfast within the hotel building. Typically the facility takes the space of 3 bedrooms and links to the ground floor reception. Read more
The long anticipated Premier Inn in Letchworth was finally delivered this month after a lengthy build on a tricky town centre site. The architectural design is a contemporary take on the Arts and Crafts style of the Garden City and uses a mix of render, brickwork and clay tile externally together with zinc clad dormers. Entrances face onto Station Road at the front and Openshaw Way to the rear, with car parking provided in adjacent town centre public car parks.
The 23 additional bedrooms provided at the Burton upon Trent Central Premier Inn were handed over a week ahead of programme this month. Adding to the existing 64 rooms, this extension creates an 87 bedroom hotel and the project included a reception upgrade to bring the scheme up to date. Planning permission was granted by East Staffordshire BC on 25th January this year and work started on site on 8th May. Originally projected to complete on 19th October, Practical Completion was achieved a week earlier than scheduled.
On a bright Sunday morning on 3rd September, Allison Pike entered a team of four runners in the Hatters Half marathon in Stockport. The race event starts at Edgeley Park, home of Stockport County AFC.