The Old Bank Hotel
The independently owned Old Bank Hotel, centrally located on Oxford’s famous High, is a breath-taking statement in design. The five star hotel has 43 luxury bedrooms, many with unrivalled views of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Throughout 2018, a number of improvements have been made to the hotel including the creation of a new rooftop bedroom and terrace, additional features added to the luxury suites and the refresh of the remaining bedrooms and public areas.
Work on the hotel’s transformation has been undertaken by G Dighton & Sons Builder alongside Interior Designer Sally Conran and owner Jeremy Mogford.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine, Kevin Dighton from G Dighton & Sons said: “We have worked with the owner of the hotel on numerous projects and he approached us with this project and asked us to be involved.
“The client is one of our most important clients and his two hotels are number one and number two on TripAdvisor so it is nice to have that ongoing relationship with those types of buildings and companies.”
New Rooftop Bedroom
Seven years in the making and after overcoming a myriad of planning issues, the Old Bank Hotel has completed a very complicated project which welcomed its first guests from the start of September 2018. The timing of this significant development conveniently coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Old Bank hotel, which first opened in 1999.
It is hoped that this brand new luxury bedroom, with its own private terrace, will have one of the most exclusive and very best views in the world.
The quintessential iconic Oxford ‘dreaming spires’ view cannot be enjoyed anywhere else is the city with guests able to wake in the morning and whilst lying in bed, by simply pressing a button, the curtains will open and reveal a huge minimalistic picture window doors onto an exclusive terrace with an unparalleled, mesmerising view to truly die for. In front of guests eyes, close up, will be St Mary’s Church with its incredible steeple, All Souls College with its famous coat of arms, the Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian and Bodleian beyond along with a roof scape which includes most other Oxford Colleges, many spires and a unique view up and down the length of the High with it 75 listed buildings.
‘The Room with a View’ will be the height of luxury with the latest touch screen technology. The room itself is fully air conditioned, has underfloor heating, very generous wardrobes and separate storage for guests luggage. There is also a handmade Epoc Super King bed with floating bedside tables and generous wrap around seating to enjoy the view. There is a dining table and a bar/cocktail/coffee making station, electric blinds and blackout curtains. The room’s technology includes a 55” SONY OLED smart TV with SKY and a centrally controlled integrated music system and radio to connect to guests own playlists. The bedroom desk and spacious Carrara marble clad bathroom both boast a special view of Merton Tower at the rear. The bathroom has a serious rainfall shower, large enough for two, along with a twin vanity unit.
The combined space of the bedroom and terrace measures 58 square metres or 625 square feet.
The garden terrace features planting along with a dining table for four and after this summer, two sun loungers.
It is well known that art is one of the main ingredients of the Old Bank Hotel and Quod restaurant and Bar and this special bedroom features some very interesting British 20th Century pictures and includes a terrific Geoffrey Clark sculpture on the terrace. Geoffrey Clark was a pioneer in a golden age of British sculpture and his fearless experimentation with new materials and processes saw him create works that epitomise the vibrancy of the post-war British art scene.
Kevin added: “With the Rooftop Room it is a completely new addition to the site so we have also had to add a link building on top of the medieval section of the old part of the hotel. When we handed the Rooftop Room over to the client, we received really positive and fantastic feedback. It is in a lovely location, with fantastic views.”
Rates for the experience of a lifetime start at £1,000 per night.
Updated Luxury Suite
The luxury suite at the Old Bank Hotel enjoys an unrivalled view of Oxford colleges and the iconic Radcliffe Camera. Crisp and contemporary in design, this spacious room features a King size bed, lounge space and dining room, separate study area with open fire and kitchenette.
The suite has a flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth DAB radio, fresh cut flowers, Nespresso coffee machine, treat filled cocktail mini bar with complimentary mineral water, air conditioning, hair dryer and safe. The suite also features a private entrance for guests from Magpie Lane.
The uniquely designed bathroom has a walk-in rainfall shower and bath, sumptuous Noble Isle toiletries and luxury linen bathrobes.
As part of the hotel’s continued refresh programme, the refurbishment has seen thirteen of the bedrooms; the lobby and residence Library receive a new updated look. Work is currently ongoing in the remaining bedrooms and public areas.
Kevin said: “Work on the bedrooms has included a complete strip out and upgrade of everything to give them a new look and feel.”
This work is taking place in small manageable stages completing at the end of 2018, adding a modern feel to all of the bedroom categories.
The Quod Restaurant
With its show stopping Onyx Bar and Stylish Italian terrace, Quod Restaurant forms the hub of the Old Bank Hotel. Formerly a banking hall, the space was transformed by owner Jeremy Mogford to become Oxford’s largest, busiest and most successful restaurant. A solid statement in elegant and contemporary design, Quod houses an eclectic collection of modern art by young British artists such as Sandra Blow, Craigie Aitchison and Damien Hirst.
The award-winning 43 bedroom Old Bank Hotel and the 35 bedroom Old Parsonage are owned by Jeremy Mogford, founder of the Browns Restaurant Group. They are the only two independently owned five star luxury hotels in Oxford. Centrally located, with complimentary parking and guest bicycles, a genuine culture of hospitality makes these hotels the best places to stay in the city.
Also, with the same company; Gees Restaurant, the parsonage Grill and Quod Restaurant and Bar make up some of Oxfords largest and most successful restaurants and bars, where locals and visitors meet for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. All are open all day, every day.
Abingdon Stone and Marble Ltd
Founded in 1780 and currently under the watchful eye of stone mason and specialist hand-carver, Michael Harris, Abingdon Stone and Marble Ltd is a UK-based stone supplier and fabricator. The company has the capabilities to provide stone work for a range of requirements, from kitchen worktops, fireplaces and flooring to restoration schemes, landscaping works and memorials and most recently has been involved in the work on the Old Bank Hotel project.
Competitive pricing, combined with comprehensive technical expertise from highly qualified individuals, forms the backbone of Abingdon Stone and Marble Ltd. This combined with a wealth of experience ensures that Abingdon Stone and Marble Ltd can deliver exquisite workmanship to meet all customer requirements.
Mike Harris, said:
“Among our many strengths is our proven ability to complement existing in-house resources in a truly innovative way. Abingdon Stone can bring the luxury of a timeless art to the reach of all. Quality is not simply a word to us, it is a way of life from the smallest nameplate to the largest natural stone fireplace – it is in everything we do.”
“At Abingdon Stone and Marble, we pride ourselves in only selecting the best staff with skills most appropriate to deliver a job on time and to budget. Whether it is a memorial, worktop, flooring, fireplaces, carving, renovation or something special, we will confidently meet any challenge our customers pose to us.”
Chris Lewis Smart Home
Chris Lewis Smart Home specialise in designing and installing high-end smart home systems including home cinemas, intelligent lighting, smart sound and fully-integrated automation for discerning homes and businesses. Established in 2008 by a team of IT and system integration experts, Chris Lewis Smart Home have the privilege to work on both historic and architectural renowned contemporary buildings – from Oxford Colleges to Royal Palaces, as well as many prestigious private homes.
Most recently, Chris Lewis Smart Home has been involved with the work on the Old Bank Hotel project, working closely with the hotel to design and install audio distribution systems for the Quod restaurant, the reception and library areas. Chris Lewis Smart Home’s Wireless distribution system provides high speed, robust Wi-Fi throughout the property, while the new technology provides guests with complete control of all the audio-visual elements of the room, including blinds.
For this project, the company added presentation facilities to three meeting rooms, one of which doubles as a small cinema system complete with surround sound, and installed a high-end audio visual system in the hotel’s top suite ‘The Room with a View, complete with custom Control4 integration.
Justin Rhodes, Managing Director of Chris Lewis Smart Home, said:
“Blending modern smart tech with 16th century architecture was a challenge we relished. It has been a pleasure to install state-of-the-art automation systems at the Old Bank Hotel, adding another layer of high-end luxury to this historic Oxford landmark.”
“Chris Lewis Smart Home’s team of certified programmers and installation engineers boast a range of industry qualifications, awards and accreditations. We pride ourselves on delivering unique automation systems that exceed customers’ expectations.”
J R Flat Roofing (UK) Ltd
J R Flat Roofing (UK) Ltd is a specialist flat roofing contractor with over 30 years’ experience, embracing the latest technologies to offer innovative solutions to meet customers roofing requirements. The company is an approved contractor with the leading roofing material manufacturers, which enables them to provide a competitive and unprecedented service to all.
Since the company’s inception in 1984, J R Flat Roofing (UK) Ltd has built up a packed portfolio of projects including several large contracts in central London and Surrey, a large barrel roof over the Cornwall Training Centre in Redruth and the Cranstone & Moor End Lodges scheme in Hemel Hempstead. In addition, J R Flat Roofing (UK) Ltd has worked on various Moto Hospitality service stations throughout the UK, refurbishing and installing new roofs where required. Two of which included refurbishing the roofs over bridges crossing major motorways.
Most recently, J R Flat Roofing (UK) Ltd has been involved with the work on Old Bank Hotel. Working on this project, J R Flat Roofing (UK) Ltd laminated the terrace of the new roof top bedroom, along with box gutters using a polyester liquid resin called Polyroof Protec – a maintenance-free waterproofing solution.
J R Flat Roofing (UK) Ltd’s Office Manager, Marion Rogers, said:
“We undertake refurbishment and new work contracts ranging from minor repairs to contract values of £500k and cover the whole of the UK. Our clients include Hospital Trusts, Councils, shopfitters, utilities, factories, fire stations, schools, prisons and blue chip companies, to mention just a few.
“We value all our contracts but this one was quite special as the rooftop bedroom is the first of its kind and the Old Bank Hotel is a beautiful historic building. It was an honour to be involved in the huge refurbishment project; Dighton & Sons are a family company that are always a pleasure to work for.”
“At J R Roofing Ltd, we pride ourselves on our exemplary health & safety record and our hands on personal service with all our clients.
“We are a family business and believe that providing a personal service to all our clients is very important. This is proven with our accreditations with NFRC, CompetentRoofer, SSip (SMAS, SAFEcontractor, CHAS and Constructionline) and also as members of the TrustMark scheme.”
Cascade Flooring Ltd
Cascade Flooring Ltd is a carpet and flooring specialist, working on projects within the residential and commercial sectors. The company invests in the latest floor preparation equipment, to ensure it can fit the perfect floor every time and regularly completes schemes within the hospitality and leisure industry.
Cascade Flooring Ltd is a relatively young company formed by the merger of Mike Whale Carpets and Byron Floors. Mike Whale has been self-employed since 1985 and originally gained the contract to carpet the Old Parsonage Hotel when it undertook a major refurbishment; while co-owner, Byron Copping has over 10 years’ experience and has gained an enviable reputation for his work.
In the past Mike and Byron have worked for high-end hotels such as Stoke Park in Stoke Poges and just a couple of years ago they fitted 2,000 sqm of bespoke carpet to the casino at the Intercontinental Hotel Malta. Cascade Flooring Ltd has ongoing work with Marlborough College, as well as various local developers; works closely with manufacturers such as Wilton Carpets; and is a respected consultant for the Alternative Flooring Company.
Most recently, Cascade Flooring Ltd has been involved in the work on the Old Bank Hotel project, supplying and fitting the hotel with carpets. The project gave Cascade Flooring Ltd the opportunity to work on yet another prestigious hotel and this is something which the team truly valued.
Cascade Flooring Ltd Co-owner, Mike Whale, said:
“At Cascade Flooring Ltd, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide a quality finish throughout. We have a flexible approach and understand the importance of working closely with the main contractor to meet all project deadlines.”