The Premier Inn Hotel on the site had to be enlarged to 100 bedrooms. This involved extending into the Grade II listed former bank building next door. On the ground floor would be the new 148 cover Bar and Block restaurant. Whitbread invested £3.2 million into this conversion. Responsible for Stage 4 design, the challenge for us was to respect the heritage of a listed building and the intricate design and planning requirements of a very ‘tight’ and compact site. This was very much a one-off project requiring a ‘non-model’ design approach. Essentially there was simply no spare room which meant great attention to detail with internal and external plant. At all times we worked closely with the Conservation Officer to ensure his expectations were met without detriment to the overall scheme design.