Lower Dens, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites

Highly commended



ARCHITECTURE: Re-use of Listed Building




CSAM Limited


Conversion of two grade-A listed former mill buildings into two hotels; a 4-star boutique hotel with 102 bedrooms, restaurant and bar facilities and an aparthotel with 85 studio and one bed suites. The internal courtyard was also developed to incorporate new landscaping with parking spaces and drop off zones for the hotels. The conversion has faithfully restored the historic buildings, matching new building elements to the original design aesthetic and bringing the once derelict buildings back to life.

The conversion of the disused mill buildings provided many challenges chiefly relating to the constraint of the existing structural layout. The introduction of three new stair cores and two new lift shafts were necessary to meet current building standards and hotel brand standard compliance. jmarchitects were therefore required to carefully design and plan these circulation routes in order that they could be incorporated within the existing cast iron beam and column arrangements. The retained cast iron columns were incorporated into the hotel layouts in order to provide a unique feature in guestrooms and public spaces.