Oddfellows’ bedroom build scoops top design award


Oddfellows has been awarded the Civic Award for Design and Conservation for a Commercial New Build, for its 14 bedroom wing extension to the Chester site.

It was also awarded in recognition of the revamp of the boutique hotel’s secret garden, restaurant and bar.

The Civic Awards Scheme rewards the best architectural projects in the last five years and aims to highlight the best skilled high quality contemporary design.

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The bedroom conversion at Oddfellows took place in the former service area at the rear of the hotel and also incorporated the conversion of a cottage on the city’s Grosvenor Place into the design.

The build was constructed from traditional materials including brick walls and a slate roof, but with an ‘interesting form and roofline’.

The Civic Awards judging panel noted the ‘unusual themed bedrooms, particularly those with loft spaces, and the intimate quirky garden area’ at Oddfellows carried out by designers Lister Carter and contractor, Mellwood Construction.

Peter Hadfield, chairman of the judging panel at the Civic Award said: “It is really good to see a business investing in a high quality extension and refurbishment of this important listed building.”

The award comes at an exciting time for the boutique hotel group who are currently in the midst of a £3.5m refurbishment for a sister hotel in Cheadle, Manchester, Oddfellows On The Park.

Paul Cookson, general manager of Oddfellows said: “We’re especially delighted by this design award as it highlights something we all work very hard to achieve. There is a fine balance with a boutique hotel group like ours, on making sure that our design, even though it is playful, maintains its integrity and function. Recognition that we manage to achieve that is very welcome.

He added: “I’m looking forward to putting the plaque up on the building. It will be a proud moment for us.”