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St Mary’s Lodge Hotel

A project to convert former office space into a stylish boutique hotel is currently under construction.

The St Mary’s Lodge Hotel project comprises the conversion of a former office space – which housed Sanctuary Hereward Housing Association – into a brand new boutique hotel. Once work is complete, the three storey building will provide 22 suites, along with a restaurant, a destination bar and function and leisure facilities.

Additional facilities at St Mary’s Lodge Hotel include corporate provisions and a hair salon. A ground floor suite designed specifically to accommodate disabled guests is also being installed on the site.

The creation of the new hotel is being viewed as an important stage within the future master plan of the City of Ely. Prior to any work taking place on the site, members of the Ely Society were consulted on the plans and the feedback was positive.

Work began on St Mary’s Lodge Hotel in May 2012 and is currently on schedule to reach completion in April 2013. The building is located within the Ely Conservation area and overlooks St Mary’s Church, Ely Cathedral and Oliver Cromwell House.

Benchmark Construction is the main contractor on the project, whilst Gary Johns Architects is providing all architectural services. Trinity Place Consultants is the quantity surveyor, Scott Wilson is the structural engineer, David Bedwell and partners is the M&E Consultant and Spectrum Acoustic Consultants is the sound engineer on St Mary’s Lodge Hotel.

Commenting on the project, Gary Johns Architects Managing Director, Gary Johns, said:

“The project is a complete refurbishment of this Grade II Listed building and involves a number of internal alterations, as well as the installation of a new glazed extension to house a bar and function rooms. The extension is glazed in a contemporary design so that it can be clearly distinguished from the existing building.

“Each of the rooms in the boutique hotel is en-suite and includes stunning platinum baths, along with a fantastic array of fixtures and fittings.”

In addition to the conversion of the Grade II Listed building, some external landscaping work will also take place on the site, including some hard landscaping and soft planting within the existing grounds. A grass roof is also being installed on top of the bar area of the building.

Work continues to make good progress on the project and to date construction teams have not encountered any major challenges. Discussing the progress of St Mary’s Lodge Hotel, Gary Johns told Premier Construction Magazine:

“Work is going well and continues to run smoothly. When working on existing buildings there are always a few aspects of the work that you can’t account for, but on the whole it is running very well.

“Currently all of the structural work has taken place and the building is wind and water tight. Moving forward the remaining work on the project involves the internal fit-out.”

Gary added:

“The St Mary’s Lodge Hotel project is an exciting development and we are very pleased to be associated with this site. Ely is currently in need of a new hotel, so once work is complete on St Mary’s Lodge Hotel the town will benefit considerably.

“The project is being viewed as an important building block in a much larger scheme for the city and will certainly help raise its profile.”

In addition to St Mary’s Lodge Hotel, Gary Johns Architects works on a large range of projects, from Hills Avenue in Cambridgeshire, Shakespeare Avenue in Peterborough and Old Station Goods Yard in Littleport, to Prospect Row in Bury St Edmunds. Gary Johns Architects invests in people, technology, training and research and provides clients with a service that exceeds expectations.

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