Hotel extension tests our team’s expertise

Our technical expertise and creativity were recently tested in project that has added 18 new bedrooms plus ancillary facilities to a hotel in the centre of Bicester.

Cherwell District Council appointed Tweedale to plan the conversion of a second floor over the town’s public library into extra bedrooms for a Travelodge, knowing our team excels in finding solutions for complex projects.

The 53-room hotel was originally completed in 2015 as part of the council’s regeneration of the Franklin’s Yard area of the town, which also saw a new library facility, restaurants, retail units and office space introduced to the area.

As the second floor of the library became unused, this was offered to Travelodge to extend its accommodation.

Tweedale Director of Architecture, Mike Bates, said: “It’s often more complicated designing a conversion of existing buildings and re-purposing them for an alternative use, than creating something from scratch.

“This conversion was particularly complex because we had to work within restrictive parameters, such as confined space and limited access for construction, together with providing appropriate  acoustic separation and fire safety provision ;but this is exactly where our expertise comes to the fore. We find ways of transforming existing spaces to fit their new function.”

The building work was undertaken by Speller Metcalfe.