Following a £1.5M project involving the construction of an impressive new entrance and reception area, together with wide-ranging refurbishment on three floors, the historic Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa in Cheshire has unveiled its stunning new interiors.
NH Interiors were interior designers for the project, with H.H. Smith as main contractors.
Once owned by the Duke of Westminster, the hotel dates back to the eighteenth century and many of its original features can still be seen today. In 1994, Nelson Hotels assumed ownership of the hotel and the family-owned group has since doubled the size of the property.
Initial works on the recent project included demolition of the existing entrance, reception area, and associated offices, which were replaced by a new two storey reception area with an exquisite new entrance. A mezzanine floor has been erected above the reception, providing guests with a contemporary break out and lounge area.
A glass wall at the front of the property offers guests a glimpse into the new stunning interiors and an impressive sweeping stone staircase leads up to the mezzanine floor overlooking the new reception, which in turn leads to the hotel function rooms and bedrooms. The Nelson family commissioned the reception desk from the iconic furniture maker, William Yeoward.
The centrepiece of this impressive new interior is a magnificent chandelier that cascades from the roof through the mezzanine to the reception below. Fifty cut crystal candles are suspended on clear wires to give the impression they are floating in mid-air.
Limestone floors, hand-tufted rugs and sumptuous soft furnishings complete the luxurious décor.
A number of guest bedrooms and two function suites have also been stylishly refurbished as part of this redevelopment.
In the function suites, soft greys and creams are enhanced by a sophisticated lighting system that can be programmed to complement a chosen theme or style. These beautifully designed suites offer an ideal venue for intimate weddings, corporate meetings and social events for up to one hundred guests.
On the second floor, five bedrooms have been completely redesigned and re-planned with individual décor schemes and stylish new bathrooms.
Works were phased to ensure the hotel stayed operational throughout the contract, so the needs of guests was a major consideration. A temporary entrance and reception area had to be formed whilst the works proceeded.
The project included the installation of a new lift within the extension, in addition to the upgrading of electrical and mechanical installations. The busy main road frontage, and tight site meant that deliveries in smaller loads had to be scheduled in accordance with the programme.
Waste management was key to a tidy site, ensuring operations were not restricted by congestion. All jointing of electrical and mechanical works had to be undertaken without creating a break in supply.
Out of hours working and flexibility have been key to the success of this project.
Commenting on the redevelopment, hotel owner Susan Nelson said, “Historically and architecturally, different aspects of the hotel have been redeveloped and modernised. Having focused on these areas individually, the hotel lacked consistency from both an aesthetic and practical point of view.
“We wanted this investment to address this issue by bringing together the disparate parts of the hotel. The result is spectacular and we are thrilled to have achieved our objective.
“A stunning central hub has now been created in which we can greet and welcome our guests. Our beautifully refurbished smaller function suites give clients more choice and the updated guest bedrooms will enhance their stay. We are absolutely elated with every aspect of this project and proud to build upon our reputation as one of Cheshire’s finest hotels.”
Award-winning NH Interiors is renowned for creating highly individualised interiors that are elegant and classical in style with a contemporary twist.
Senior interior designer Lucy Yarwood said: “Due to the hotel’s extensive history, we knew this project would be exciting and impressive. We wanted to create a new level of opulence throughout and we are delighted with the way everything has come together. We hope the hotel’s guests enjoy experiencing these wonderful surroundings.”
H.H. Smith & Sons Ltd
Established in the early 1950s, H.H. Smith & Sons Ltd specialise in new build and refurbishment/restoration projects up to a value of £6.5m. The experienced company pride themselves on excellent customer relationships built up over many years, being a family owned business with a skilled and dedicated workforce, and providing a high quality and innovative construction service.
H.H. Smith & Sons acted as main contractor with the Grosvenor Pulford hotel, delivering an exceptional service. The establishment was more than happy to be associated with the scheme as Nelson Hotels focuses on building a strong reputation for quality.
Premier Construction spoke to Phil Smith, Director of the company, to find out some information. Phil commented:
“As a quality organisation, Nelson Hotels do not skimp in terms of internal fixtures and fittings and we knew that the end result would be prestigious. H.H. Smith & Sons would like to become more involved in hotel construction work, and clearly having such an excellent example to showcase our abilities will be beneficial in helping us attain this objective.”
Other projects that H.H. Smith & Sons has worked on previously include many schemes for The Restaurant Group, the Catholic Diocese of Salford, Holy Cross Sixth Form College and Bury MBC. Recently the company has worked on the innovative Surf Snowdonia scheme and other significant projects currently on site including Tratos in Knowsley and Leeds Pentecostal Church.