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.
A recent addition to Manchester’s city centre accommodation is the stylish new La Reserve Aparthotel located on the Ducie Street/Dale Street corner. Allison Pike provided interior design consultancy services for this project with schemes for the reception and public areas, as well as the apartments.
The third Limeyard restaurant and the first in the North, sited in the new White Rose Centre in Leeds, opened on Independence Day. Featuring a portico covering the external terrace, the unit is a double height space with back of house services located on a mezzanine to the rear. The main restaurant design includes a signature bar servery with metalwork supported overbar, seating booths breaking up the central space and timber banquettes around the perimeter. Sliding folding doors open out on to the external seating space. There are 120 covers internally and 28 externally with a mix of fixed and loose seating themed around the Californian branded restaurant. Read more
Allison Pike were briefed by Mitchells and Butlers PLC to oversee the construction of their first timber frame newbuild restaurant for the premium steakhouse brand, Miller & Carter. The construction method was selected for speed of build, environmental performance and buildability. Located in a suburban site in Berryfields adjacent to the Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station, the restaurant serves a new residential area of the town.
A well-known destination food venue on the Wirral, the Boathouse was acquired by Hydes Brewery in the recent past. While identifying that the site was in need of a refurbishment the client was keen to preserve and enhance some of the characteristics that have given the pub its popularity, while broadening its appeal and flexibility.