East Hill & Trinity Road
The luxury hotel will sit on a complex site, bounded by roads on three sides, with a church and presbytery on the fourth. The scheme is also visible from two adjacent conservation areas.
Our concept for the new hotel is a response to its urban setting by subdividing the exterior composition into three main components, each responding to its neighbouring buildings in terms of scale, massing and selection of materials.
The building’s height cascades down from the north, which gives the scheme a presence on this prominent hilltop corner location, yet compliments the three and four storey Victorian houses to the south of the site. At the rear of the building, the hotel’s extension on East Hill has been designed to appear as a sympathetic addition to the adjacent church. A similar addition on Huguenot Place serves the same function next to the presbytery.
The materials selected articulate the three main architectural elements. A combination of red brick and bronze standing seam cladding has been proposed on the extensions to provide a transition between the existing townscape and the new hotel. The main building is clad in buff-coloured brick combined with a zinc-coloured metal rainscreen cladding to give a contemporary look; the façade incorporates elements of bronze in reference to the two transitional buildings.