Lancashire architects get set to resume major hotels refurbishments in the new Year

A Preston architect’s practice is set to restart a refurbishment programme for one of the Lake District’s best-known hotel groups next year.

By Tim Gavell
Saturday, 5th December 2020, 7:00 am

Architecture, design and masterplanning practice Frank Whittle Partnership will resume work in the spring as a Cumbrian business looks to take further advantage of the growing move towards staycations as a result of the pandemic.

Preston-based FWP has spearheaded the 2020 upgrade of Lake District Hotels’ flagship properties in Cumbria - delivering contemporary bedrooms and public spaces.

It completed two major projects at the Skiddaw Hotel and the Inn on the Lake just before lockdown in March, delivering contemporary new looks for the ground floors of both popular venues.

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The Inn on the Lake

More work to refurbish bedrooms at the Graves family-owned group’s Borrowdale Hotel was put on hold due to the pandemic. However, that project is now set to restart in Spring next year.

Lake District Hotels first appointed FWP in 2011 with the remit to provide them with designs for contemporary bedrooms and public spaces in each of its seven hotels.

In March this year it completed the full ground-floor revamp of the Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick, including its entrance and reception, bar, restaurant, function room and conservatory.

It also finished the refurbishment of the ground floor of the Inn on the Lake at Glenridding, which included its bar, lounges, ceremonial room and wedding prep and meeting rooms as well as the venue’s dining suite and restaurant.

The revamped Skiddaw Hotel

Dani Hope, marketing director at Lake District Hotel, said: "We are hopeful that we can pick up where we left in spring 2021. We’ve worked with FWP for over 10 years and have built a strong relationship.

“We try to carry out a rotation of refurbishments with our 280-plus bedrooms which can be a mammoth task to get through, but it is important that we keep our standards high to suit guest expectations.

“FWP has always done a great job in creating a style and design which suits a particular hotel to help it maintain or improve its identity. Their team works well with the directors in listening to our ideas and making changes where necessary to adapt the scheme to suit our requirements.”

She added: “There is a lot of competition in the Lake District, so it is important that our hotels look enticing, cosy and welcoming.

“We have always wanted the hotels to feel like you can come in with your dog, kick off your muddy boots after a day on the fells and enjoy a drink by the fire, but on the other hand you can dress up to enjoy a decadent afternoon tea or fine dining meal."

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