19th century Oxfordshire hotel undergoing upgrade and rebranding

Hawkwell House hotel comprises of two magnificent manor houses in the Oxfordshire countryside. A series of upgrades will see it meet the stringent guidelines, to enable it to be rebranded as a 4 star Mercure hotel.

Originally, Hawkwell House was the main family residence, with nearby Elm House the home of the owner of Hawkwell House’s eldest son. Both properties were converted into a hotel, with 62 bedrooms in the primary residence and 15 bedrooms in Elm House respectively.

The hotel is owned by Legacy Capital Limited, who is seeking to implement a series of upgrades to both of the properties. The hotel is to be operated under French multinational hospitality company, AccorHotels. As such, these upgrades are required in order to meet the stringent guidelines, which would allow Hawkwell house to be rebranded as a 4 star Mercure, under the AccorHotels stable of hotel brands.

This improvement scheme will require both interior and exterior works, which include upgrades to the bedrooms and public hospitality spaces. In addition, an existing basement is to be repurposed as a gym and air conditioning units are to be installed in all bedrooms. All of the windows in Elm House are also to be replaced.

rpa:group has been appointed to provide architecture, quantity surveying and project management services. As the buildings both fall within a conservation area, very specific planning applications need to be adhered to, which rpa:group will oversee.

Works are estimated to reach fruition by late spring in 2020, in order to launch the newly rebranded hotel in time for the summer season.

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