Luton Hoo and Tylney Hall

Development of Luton Hoo (Grade I)and Tylney Hall (Grade II*).

Photos courtesy of Clague LLP

Arising out of my excellent long-term working relationship with Cardy Construction Ltd came a partnership of work for EliteHotels (which began in 1985 and continues to this day). In broad brush, we undertook with our joint clients, the design schemes to the stage of planning approval and, thereafter, the project became design and build. 

We worked on 8 of their hotels although Luton Hoo and Tylney Hall engaged me the most.

Tylney Hall is a Grade II* building built in 1901 and comprises of three main courtyards and two walled gardens. It is a very beautiful place of varied and immense character. Our work has occurred over many years, a particular achievement has been brokering consents to create splendid hotels.

Luton Hoo is a Grade I Mansion of deeply impressive proportions built originally or to the design of Robert Adam and includes the work by GE Street and Mewes and Davies with Capability Brown landscape.  The problem of gaining consent for the conversion with enabling development was a very considerable challenge achieved as ever through an excellent partnership with English Heritage, CentralBedfordshire Council and several amenity societies.

Luton Hoo was the largest project I have led on with a project value of around £50m.  The key achievements were gaining consent and detailing the conversion of the mansion, further guest accommodation in the Garden Wing, a spa and attached hotel rooms in and close by the Stable Block and staff accommodation.

Finally a secure hotel with leisure facilities at theWarren Weir.

One of the pleasures of my career is to still be in close contact with our clients and the contractor who achieved these very significant projects.


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