Hallmark Hotel – Bournemouth Carlton
Sun, sea and spacious redbrick hotels – what more could you want from an English coastline? The Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton is undergoing a £1million restoration to provide seaside enthusiasts with a beautifully refurbished hotel enriched with a health club, spa and pool, a selection of admirable banqueting suites, and not forgetting the dazzling sea-view.
For 113 years, the cliff top sea front Carlton hotel has greeted visitors to its much admired 76-bedroom hotel. A whole century later the hotel is still continuing to flourish, with its own AA rosette awarded Frederick’s Restaurant, as well as a health and leisure club with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and spa treatment service. There are also five elegant event spaces – four of them licensed for civil ceremonies – that can accommodate everything from an intimate gathering to parties or conferences for up to 200 guests.
The Carlton Hotel is one of 28 Hallmark Hotels that are 28 located across the UK. Situated in a range of settings, their portfolio offers business and leisure guest’s good quality accommodation, award winning dining and newly renovated leisure facilities.
The exterior restoration works on this restoration project are being completed by Signia Turn Key, who restored the integrity of the whole roof area and external elevations. This involved restoring eroded pointing and bricks, wind damaged windows, dislodged slates and lead work. In certain grounds of the hotel the entire roofing areas were stripped back, re-felted and tiled. 3,500 stainless steel wall ties were inserted into the brick and the latest weather proofing systems from Germany were used to make the terrace areas water tight.
The works also involved the restoration, or in some cases replacement, of guttering and down pipes. Window glass was another feature of Carlton Hotel that was replaced and all formerly painted windows were primed and re-painted with any rotten sectors of wood removed and made good with long lasting two pack fillers.
Delicately retaining the building’s heritage and allure, the contractors have successfully been able to modernise the exterior of the hotel.
Carlton Hotels General Manager, Stephen Allison, said:
“This is an exciting time to return to Bournemouth. We need to raise awareness of this seaside town and the Hallmark brand presence we have here. I’m keen to increase people’s perception and our brand’s reputation. Across the three hotels we have 226 bedrooms, three restaurants, a brilliant spa, two outdoor pools, two indoor pools and 175 team members. The exterior refurbishment work to the Carlton is just the start. Hallmark will be continuing to invest in all of its properties and I will be ensuring that our guest service delivery is exceptional and consistent.”
“Every day is different and every guest is unique. Whether they’re staying with us for business or leisure, our team is committed to making the experience a memorable one. Together we’d like to raise a toast to the next century at the Bournemouth Carlton, to creating many more English seaside memories and building a destination that guests cannot wait to return to.”
Bournemouth is always a huge hit for family vacations, so with this in mind, the Carlton Hotel has nine rooms with extra space for the little ones, with speedy Wi-Fi, plasma televisions and 24-hour room service.
Signia Turn Key
Signia Turn Key Ltd, established since 2001, are specialists in the management of exterior and interior refurbishment projects within the hospitality, commercial and private sectors. The company has been working for hotel and restaurant groups, private clients and within the commercial property market for the last 16 years.
Previous clients include the Hilton group, the Savoy Hotel, the Berkeley Hotel, Gordon Ramsay’s The Grill, Rhodes W1, and private penthouses in Mayfair and Wapping. They have also worked with noted interior designers such as Kelly Hoppen and David Collins.
The most recent project Signia Turn Key worked on is the Carlton Hotel, where they were contracted as the project managers and main contractor for the restoration project. They were responsible for all aspects of the project, reporting to Topland’s head office team in London.
Peter Cutts of Signia Turn Key commented:
“We have worked with the Topland Group for two years refurbishing their hotels throughout the UK and they are now one of our key clients.”
“We are an established professional company offering an open book policy and always have our client’s interests at the forefront of each project. We are willing to work with a clients’ existing team or we can offer a full package that will encompass all aspects of the project.”