A refurbishment project to transform Sudbury House, nestled on the edge of the Cotswolds between Oxford and Swindon, has been completed following an extensive 18 month scheme of works.
The 49 bedroom boutique hotel was previously a 3* Best Western Hotel and has been renovated to a high end 4* hotel.
The project involved a complete refurbishment of the Grade II Listed building including its 49 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, two restaurants known as Magnolia Brasserie and Restaurant 56, bar lounge, public areas and outdoor areas. The project, which was undertaken by main contractors AH Willis & Sons and Tyack Architects, also included some structural changes.
The venue is located within easy access of the M4 and M40 and sits within an impressive nine acres, seven of which are the hotel’s gardens. An interesting fact for you BBC fans out there; the original Georgian House was previously owned by Sir William Glock, BBC Controller of Music.
Although the project has now been completed future garden developments are still to be undertaken.
Some external and landscaping works were carried out including external render works repairs, painting and decorating and the construction of three new patio areas. The hotel remained fully open for business throughout the refurbishment and so the on site team worked closely with the hotel in order to ensure the no disruption was caused to the business.
Careful planning ensured all factors were taken into account to execute the project in a discreet manner.
Ulrike le Roux, General Manager at Sudbury House Hotel, commented:
“The property had great potential and there was no doubt with the correct vision and some investment we could bring it back to its former glory with a contemporary twist.”
The hotel comprises an array of interesting features many of which have been revamped both superficially and structurally. The design concept of the restaurant extension, achieved by Tyack Architects working alongside the clients, was to eliminate any boundaries between inside and outside in order to create well defined spaces based on an amalgamation of function, aesthetics and client requirements.
The formerly cumbersome glazed atrium was quite industrial and restricted the views to the outdoor spaces. The team replaced it with a more sympathetic link which respected the surrounding listed building and also improved the clientele experience by reflecting the brand development and emerging trends whilst maximising the experience.
In a bid to create a functional space the geometry of the existing garden entrance bay was used and adapted. The wood gas fired oven has been positioned to act as a shared focal point creating a theatrical atmosphere with diners being able to observe the cooking process. The layout has been designed to keep clientele enthralled by sheer stimulation of senses well before the dining experience.
In order to retain the established character of the site and the original Listed building, the materials and detailing used reflect those elsewhere in the building. Minimal, light contemporary frameless sliding doors have been installed creating a direct connection between indoors and outdoors to the benefit of the dining experiences.
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The organisation have a wealth of experience and are extremely proud to be chosen to supply and install their range of equipment into some of the UK’s most prestigious catering establishments. Mareno have supplied and installed kitchens for several various projects including: Las Iguanus, Mansfield College Oxford, Radisson BLU Hotels, The Broadway Hotel and Network Rail.
Thanks to an extensive distribution network in Italy, Europe and all over the world, Mareno solves every design requirement with qualified professional advice, granting systems designed and manufactured to comply with current safety standards including ISO9001, ISO14001 and HACCP.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Andrew Shearing of Mareno & Rosinox, to ask him a few quick questions. He commented:
“Prior to our involvement with the Sudbury House project, I was contacted by Jimmy Campbell – Managing Director of Johns Electrics in Newport – he said they required something a little special and tailor-made to their needs. It was challenging because the client was spending money for a high-quality, precise operation, and we wanted to ensure that this was the exact result. This was a great project to work on as more and more hotels and restaurants want a front of house solution.”
For more information on the company, please visit www.mareno.it.
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Liaising with the other teams involved in the Sudbury House refurbishments, TillSecure Systems contributed to the project. The company project managed the supply, installation, programming and training of the Hotel Locking System through to the handover.
Premier Hospitality spoke to Dave Jones, of TillSecure Systems; when asked why it was important to be involved with the project, he replied:
“This was a prestigious installation as the hotel was being refurbished to a very high standard and we were proud to be selected as the supplier for their guest security requirements.”
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