Osbornes Architects secured planning for an extension to a Grade II* listed hotel in Ironbridge.
The proposals include a 27 bedroom extension to a steeply sloping section of the site as well as a new kitchen and dining room extension to the rear of the hotel.
The design overcame many challenges that were presented by the existing hotel layout. These include maintaining the access to the existing service area at the rear of the hotel whilst providing a link back to the existing building, thus ensuring guests do not have to leave the hotel to access rooms in the new extension.
The design also had to consider the steeply sloping nature of the site resulting in a split-level design that steps to follow the contours of the land and nestles into the trees.
The bedroom extension focused on providing a contemporary addition to the listed building that mimics the massing and rhythm of the existing hotel and roof scape whilst focusing on crisp clean detailing and provision of natural daylight to the rooms. The design also allows future generations to read the history of the site, an approach that was welcomed by the conservation officers.