Listed Hotel Re-development
A developer is planning to convert an existing dilapidated residential graded II listed stately home, built around 1850, into a luxury boutique hotel including conference suite and meeting rooms.
The current building is of traditional masonry construction with timber floors and pitched roof structure but has been uninhabited for around four years. External windows are the original timber
sashes with a welsh slate roof in some decay. The scheme also includes for a large modern rear three storey extension to house a fitness gymnasium, health spa and an indoor swimming pool.
As a specialist design and build contractor, you have been appointed to produce a report for presentation to the Board of Investors on the feasibility of converting the building to the new use
explaining the issues involved in the development of the project.
The report is to include an outline of the overall scheme’s aims and explain the implications, risks and challenges involved with the proposed scheme. In relation to the refurbishment of the
existing structure, produce an outline of how you propose to meet the overall scheme’s aims. Include the likely compromises that will need to be made to suit the needs of the local
conservation officer and local authority planners in the process. Your report should focus on two clear areas:
1. Appraisal of the likely condition of the building, highlighting areas which may need investigation and remedial work. Discuss issues that may affect the progress of the work with
regard to working on listed heritage buildings Illustrate your response with a real life case study of a listed building that has been repaired with techniques used to maintain as much historic
fabric as possible. [25 Marks]
2. Evaluation of essential modifications to the building to be incorporated in the overall scheme to achieve the following:
• A high specification finish to all the publically accessible areas – including method of upgrading thermal and acoustic resistance to the main elements with reference to the
appropriate Building Regulations. Include typical technical cross sectional sketches.
• The method by which modern services can be integrated within the fabric of the building without compromising its historic integrity. Include typical technical cross sectional
sketches. [25 Marks]
3. An evaluation of using modular offsite construction methods for the ‘modern’ extension to reduce costs, speed up the programme and ensure the quality of the build. Select and justify
the most appropriate system for this project, making clear any assumptions that you make.
Include an existing real life case study to support your proposal.
• Gorse & Highfield (2009) Refurbishment & Upgrading of Buildings 2nd Edition Spon Press
• Keeping & Shiers (2003),Sustainable Property Development, Blackwell
• Melville & Gordon (1997) The Repair & Maintenance of Houses, 2nd Edition, Estates Gazette.