Widegate Hotel is a development that involves change of use, extension and refurbishment of an existing building that has been used as a medical centre for the last 10 years. The chaotic nature of the city makes this an excellent opportunity to provide temporary accommodation for those interested to explore the heart of the city.
In our initial inspection we realized that working within the “square mile” was going to be a difficult task due to site constraints, interaction with adjoining properties, daylight and sunlight implications, overlook- ing and other aspects, failing to meet these criteria could lead to planning refusal. After evaluating dif- ferent schemes we concluded that in order to create a better relationship between this extended build- ing and its surrounding we needed to setback its geometry along the eastern and southern facades. Incorporating balconies, terraces, fenestrations and using different colours and materials were essential to make the building feel part of its context. After discussing this proposal with planning authorities and neighbours we concluded that using different colours throughout the facades was essential.
Going through the entire process, from concept design to pre-construction was not easy, after different studies our team of consultants concluded that due to ground conditions a different approach to the whole structure was required and therefore an increase of the original budget was imminent. This was the moment when our client decided to appoint us as the leading designer and project manager so we could follow the design in a more meticulous way. We were glad to take this opportunity and after almost two years we concluded that going through this whole experience made us emotionally attached to this project, having to spend many hours on a building site, choosing every single component of the building and working closer to all our builders was making this a more personal experience.