The project brief was the conversion of Grade II Listed Building, Walwick Hall, from a private dwelling to a boutique country hotel with new build swimming pool. The site is located in on Hadrians Wall, within a World Heritage Site, surrounded by a scheduled monument.
The works included complete refurbishment, alterations and repair of the hall, landscaping works, conversion of outbuilding in to a spa, construction of new build swimming pool and gym, and new biomass heating system.
Planning consent was granted in June 2015. Tenders were sought during the planning process, and work started on site in July 2015, with completion and opening in October 2016. After a number of years being unused and subsequently falling in to a poor condition, the hall has been given a new viable and sustainable use, securing its future. The project has opened the heritage asset to the public, for both hotel guests and the general public who can use the facilities.
The quality of construction and specification of finishes are very high, achieved through a considered and sensitive design, thorough and precise construction drawings, consultation and a proactive and collaborative approach with all parties involved. The historic fabric of the hall was sensitively repaired and refurbished, integrating the new layout with minimal intervention, including new bathroom pods, new m&e services, sprinkler system, lift, and commercial kitchen. The swimming pool is located within the walled garden adjacent to the hall and appears as a contemporary pavilion in the landscape, hovering above the existing garden walls, taking advantage of the spectacular views.
The project has been shortlisted for the following awards this year
RIBA North East Awards 2017
LABC Building Excellence Awards
RICS Awards 2017, North East