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3 November, 2010 - 09:49 By News Desk

Cambridge planning consultancy advises on Essex hotel project

image (c) Bond Bryan Architects

An award-winning Cambridge-based planning consultancy is providing specialist conservation advice on a £9 million-plus development scheme to create a luxury hotel and hotel school at the University of Essex which has been sanctioned by Colchester Borough Council.

Stow-cum-Quy based Beacon Planning is the planning and historic building consultant for the project to turn the Georgian, Grade II Listed Wivenhoe House in Colchester into a fully operational country house hotel and the base for the Edge Hotel School.Led by the University of Essex, the project is supported by Edge – an independent, education foundation dedicated to raising the standard of practical and vocational training.Working in conjunction with a range of consultants including Bond Bryan Architects, Beacon Planning co-ordinated the submission of the planning application and gave specialist advice on alterations to the existing building and the sympathetic design of the new extension in grounds which are  registered as an Historic Garden.Grade II Listed status means Wivenhoe House is in the top five percent of the country’s listed buildings and the planning proposal to refurbish it for use as a hotel and training facility needed to reflect its historic sensitivity and architectural interest.Beacon Planning led discussions with the local authority’s planning and conservation officers and groups such as English Heritage, the Victorian Society and the Georgian Group.Past alterations to Wivenhoe House – such as the removal of its main Victorian staircase in the 1980s– offered scope to reinstate such key features as part of the planning proposal which took just eight months to develop.The hotel is scheduled to receive guests in spring 2012.image (c) Bond Bryan Architects

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