Grand Hotel Birmingham Design, West Midlands Development, Hortons’ Estates, Architect
Grand Hotel Birmingham
West Midlands Accommodation, central England, UK – design by Berman Guedes Stretton
20 Apr 2012
Grand Hotel Birmingham News
Birmingham Hotel Building Development
BERMAN GUEDES STRETTON RECEIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF BIRMINGHAM’S GRAND HOTEL
COUNCILLORS SAY “This is the best news story in Birmingham for a decade”.
After 11 years of dereliction the council and locals feared for the future of this landmark hotel until, in 2010, Hortons’ Estates commissioned Berman Guedes Stretton to design a scheme that would rescue the hotel and restore it to its former glory.
The scheme, strongly supported by English Heritage, has sailed through the planning process. Councillor Barry Henley said, “I must congratulate the architect. This is a wonderful conversion”, whilst Councillor Paula Smith, Chair of the conservation issues committee admitted, “I am the first one to criticise if the architects do not respect our heritage, but on this occasion I am impressed. The detail they have put into this is fabulous’”.
Berman Guedes Stretton, who has carried out award-winning work on Oxbridge’s historic buildings, will undertake essential restoration works on the Grand Hotel. Features include the reinstatement of the opulent Grosvenor Suite, and the recreation of the hotel’s Grand staircase, both significant aspects of the historic building.
English Heritage has stated that with this appropriate scheme going forward, the Grade II* building can be removed from their “Heritage at Risk Register”.
The scheme, which will transform the entire building, includes 2 restaurants, a bar, conference spaces, public rooms and the renovation of the street facing terrace of shops, will cost an estimated £30m. The crumbling façade will be given a facelift and the original 230 bedroom capacity will be reduced to 152 high-spec, spacious bedrooms, 8 new suites, roofs terraces and more space for facilities.
Hamish McMichael, Project Director, said “Hortons’ Estate’s planned restoration and refurbishment of the Hotel will be rescuing a building of grace and character that is an important landmark for Birmingham. The project will transform the building into a first class hotel and business destination for the city.”
Berman Guedes Stretton has set up a satellite office in Birmingham to manage its growing workload in the Midlands including projects at Birmingham, Leicester and Wolverhampton Universities.
Grand Hotel Birmingham Redevelopment – Building Information
Client: Hortons’ Estate
Project Manager: Trebor Developments
Architect: Berman Guedes Stretton
Planning Consultants: Drivers Jonas Deloitte
M&E Engineers: RPS
Façade Engineers: Arup
Highways/Traffic: Peter Brett Associates
Interior Designer: rdd
Cost Consultant: PMP
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Location: Grand Hotel, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
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