A luxury boutique hotel directly overlooking the seafront in Southend is ready to welcome its first guests after a £4 million investment. The new Seven Hotel is a 4 storey, 37 bedroom venue with stunning views across the Thames estuary and Southend Pier.
Located on Clifton Terrace on the site of a former care home, the Seven Hotel will offer residents and visitors to Essex a new calibre of hotel accommodation as well as a bar and restaurant experience. The interior design, which has been created by award-winning firm Adam Tibbatts, has been carefully considered and no expense has been spared with fittings, facilities, technology and quality of service.
No one bedroom at the Seven is the same shape or size and all feature en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers and exquisite fittings. Floor to ceiling windows provide natural light that floods the space alongside breath-taking views across Southend’s famed pier. The top floor is a particular standout for the hotel, with 5 high end suites that house vast living and bedroom areas, wet rooms and sliding French doors that reveal a private terrace.
The in-house food and drink offering is similarly high end with a steak and seafood restaurant, gin-centric bar and outdoor terrace.
The transformation of the former care home has been a difficult and precise project that has great deal of collaboration between the owners, main contractor GM Decorating and Appleby Architects. To find out more, Premier Hospitality spoke to Appleby Architects Director Richard Elliott:
“As a practice a couple of years ago we did a hotel scheme on the seafront that was never built but had planning permission for a hotel and flats. Because of the design, and the locality to 7 Clifton Terrace, the owners of this new hotel approached us and thought we were the right people for the job.
“The client had also done quite a bit of work with the planners prior to anything happening. They’d made initial enquiries and received positive feedback from Southend Council. To us it was a no brainer because the original structure was a bit of an eye saw on the edge of a conservation area in Southend. The planners were more than happy at the prospect of a 1970s care home being converted into a boutique hotel.
“At the beginning the brief was simply a boutique hotel but it developed over time. It changed from developing the whole building, to a more straightforward build, then went back to a complete refurbishment. What we have now is a lot closer to the original planning drawings.”
Initial work on bringing the Seven Hotel to Southend can be traced back a number of years but it was November 2015 when Appleby Architects first became involved. Building work began in the following April and construction since has been smooth thanks to a strong working relationship between the main parties involved – the client, the architect and the contractor. Any problems that have arisen have been dealt with quickly and efficiently.
High quality and attention to detail are prevalent throughout the hotel and while this dedication to excellence proved time consuming, it’s ultimately what makes the Seven Hotel standout. Addressing some of the build’s key elements, Richard continued:
“The only part of the original building would be the frame and the envelope which has been improved. We’ve demolished the original top floor and rebuilt it for apartments and penthouses and the ground floor extension.
“The original tender involved the demolition of the entire front but as the strip out happened we realised there was this big concrete frame so it seemed silly to knock something down and replace it with something similar.
“We have completely replaced the windows, we have rendered the external envelope, we’ve insulated the external envelope, we’ve cosmetically treated the external of the building, we’ve replaced the lift and the majority of the internal walls have been demolished and rebuilt.”
Food at the Seven Hotel comes in the form of Aurum with experienced head chef Simon Webb serving simple dishes that emphasise the best in local suppliers and ingredients. The adjacent gin bar serves over 30 types of gin. Located within the beautiful Clifton Conservation Area, the hotel is within easy travel distance of London Southend Airport which makes it ideal for both tourists and business travellers alike.
The Seven Hotel will operate with a core philosophy that has been carefully built using seven key principles to ensure the hotel is the place to be in Southend. Reflecting on the importance of the project, Richard added:
“As a practice, this is a highly prestigious project because it’s going to be on the seafront. We’ve forged strong relationships with the Seven Hotel and GMB in the Southend area which we hadn’t previously worked in. It’s great to stand on one of the top floors now it’s complete and look out across the pier.
“What we’ve done is take a dejected care home and transform it into a boutique hotel. It’s only going to improve the area and should become a popular destination.”
The Seven Hotel is set to be a transformative destination for Southend. It will be both a fantastic destination for visitors to the town and locals wanting a venue for a special occasion. To find out more, please visit: thesevenhotel.co.uk.