The House Collection


Ely, Cambridgeshire

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This listed building overlooks Ely Cathedral and was once home to Sanctuary Housing.

The brief from our client was to convert the existing building into a boutique hotel, and incorporate an extension to accommodate a bar and function room suitable for wedding receptions.

In order to achieve the highest possible room ratings, each hotel room required a luxurious en-suite with walk in shower and separate bath.

Copper baths were employed, many sited within the bedroom space itself to convey the feeling of decadence.

Many of the original rooms were left largely untouched, lending themselves to become grand bedrooms with magnificent views of the cathedral.

What was more challenging was how the rooms were to be serviced for drainage and heating in particular.

Working closely with the conservation area, strategies and routes were agreed to accommodate such an increase in servicing requirements from the original building use.

A single storey contemporary extension was designed to sit alongside the original building, to house the main bar area. A ribbon of glazing was introduced between the new and existing to provide the lightest of touches at this junction. The original brickwork has been left exposed, creating a dramatic effect with light filtering down from the ribbon of glazing.

Seen as many as an important building block in the development of Ely’s grand master plan, we are proud to have been part of this development and enjoy taking our clients to the bar area for business lunches.