Overall the building architecture is organised vertically around a strong base, prominent mid-section (piano nobile) and recessive roof storey. This is a masonry building predominantly with insert panels of lighter materials and accent features, such as at the main entrance.
We were appointed by Reef Estates Ltd to prepare a detailed planning application for a 101 bedroom hotel at the corner of Winnall Manor Road and Easton Lane in Winchester. Our appointment involved the comprehensive redevelopment of the site to create a new Premier Inn at the centre of the city’s emerging business district. We successfully obtained a planning consent for Reef Estates Ltd. The project is located within a major area of the city developed over recent decades for a variety of employment uses. This area is of critical importance to Winchester in terms of providing employment, capitalising on the accessibility of the motorway network and relieving pressure on the historic core to accommodate development formats not compatible with its fine grain and fragile fabric.The proposal is to construct a four storey budget hotel for Premier Inn.
The building will include 101 hotel bedrooms. Of these 6no. will be universal access rooms with additional space and facilities designed to meet the needs of those with disabilities. The bedrooms are all on the upper floors, safely away from any potential noise and disruption associated with the car park and street level. Bedrooms are laid out in the contemporary manner each with at least one good sized window. With the hillside site and their elevated position, some bedroom windows will enjoy rooftop views in a southwestern direction towards the city centre. The building is four storeys in height across the majority of its footprint with part of the building fronting Winnall Manor Road two storeys tall. The main flat roof is just over 12 metres above ground level with the roofs over the two entrance staircases 1m taller.
The building has been designed to simply and clearly perform its various functions, whilst announcing and advertising these to the outside world. The arrangement and distribution of bedrooms can be understood through the pattern, size and repetition of windows, especially on the second and third floors. The public, reception and back-of-house areas are similarly legible in their locations on the lower floors towards Easton Lane. Overall the building architecture is organised vertically around a strong base, prominent mid-section (piano nobile) and recessive roof storey. This is a masonry building predominantly with insert panels of lighter materials and accent features, such as the main entrance and corner stair tower. Bedroom windows puncture the exterior at regular intervals whilst the bar-restaurant at first floor has a more open aspect allowing views in and out from its conspicuous corner position.
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