Thornbury Castle (Grade 1 listed)

Client: Von Essen Hotels Project value: £250k

‘Originally completed in 1521, this stunning Tudor castle is now a luxury hotel.’

Our Brief

Conversion of existing staff accommodation into first-class hotel guest rooms using reclaimed and salvaged materials. The client specifically stipulated that they did not want guests to feel that they were staying in a building site.

Works and special challenges

Our skilled tradesmen adapted and installed reclaimed and salvaged materials to create period bedchambers, including one at the top of the castle’s tower. We also converted ancient stables into a state-of-the-art, finely-equipped kitchen facility including cold rooms and gas ovens.

The works involved many specialist trades, including traditional rendering with horsehair and lime. Our experienced tradesmen also procured and used specialist materials such as polished marble and granite.

Access to the room at the top of the tower was via a 77-step spiral staircase. This made bringing building materials, equipment and a large bed to the workspace exceptionally challenging.

The hotel and conference facilities were in use throughout the works, so we had to adapt our working practices to avoid early morning noise. Carefully phased deliveries and operative movements around the site minimised disruption to the hotel and its guests.

Main areas of expertise

  • Demolition
  • Traditional lime and horsehair rendering
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Mechanical & Electrical
  • Decoration
  • Wallpapering
  • Tiling
  • Plumbing

Have you got a historic hotel building that we could transform? Call 0117 933 9000 or email us for advice