Updates at the Royal Kings Arms Hotel
HPA’s work at The Royal Kings Arms Hotel in Lancaster has some new updates as we progress onto the next phase of works. This second phase consists of both external works to repair the building, and internal renovations to the upper floors. This includes repairs to the roof, chimneys, stone façade and the refurbishment of bedrooms.
The renovation builds upon the first phase of works that was undertaken back in 2018, where HPA assisted in the renovation of the reception, bar and restaurant areas on the ground and basement floors. This includes the conversion of the existing cellar bar to create a contemporary Lounge and Eaterie known as the Crypt.
The external works we are now assisting with at this historic hotel require knowledge and experience of working with listed buildings. Originally built in 1625 and later rebuilt in 1879 after a fire, this hotel has many Victorian period features and is located in a prominent position within the Lancaster Conservation Area. As Conservation Architects, our goal is to retain as much of the original building as possible whilst offering sensitive additions and adaptations where necessary to provide modern facilities to suit our client requirements.
Working hard to gather accurate data on the condition of the hotel, HPA have carried out a series of inspections; first from ground level and then via a cherry picker. This has allowed us to carefully identify the extent of the repairs needed, and build our knowledge on the necessary restorations.
In addition to work on the roof, the windows are also being repaired and replaced. With a view to retain as much of the original building fabric as possible, the historic stained glass and oriel windows which project over Market Street are to be sensitively repaired. Elsewhere in the building, severely deteriorated windows are to be replaced with specialist replica timber sash windows, improving thermal efficiency and acoustics within the hotel whilst respecting the building’s Victorian Heritage.
The four storey stone work façade to the front of the building is another historical feature we are working hard to conserve. Given the age of the building, the stonework, particularly the pointing and decorative areas are beginning to deteriorate. Careful repointing and repairs will allow us to conserve this building for future generations.
Alongside repair works, HPA are providing interior design services to the hotel. Multiple themes are proposed for the bedrooms, so that guests can have a new experience on each visit. Having worked closely with the hotel throughout its refurbishment journey, we are looking forward to seeing the bedrooms refreshed for members of the public to enjoy.
Our knowledge in conservation and listed buildings means we are able to work on this Grade II listed building to conserve its beautiful Victorian period features whilst having all the comforts of a modern hotel. Equipped with a cocktail lounge, brasserie restaurant, conference room, and ballroom, HPA have assisted the Royal Kings Arms Hotel in significant renovations that will help return the hotel to its former glory.
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