A boutique hotel in Cambridgeshire has been given the green light for an ambitious £2.5m expansion.
Hotel Felix is to go ahead on the new extension, which will include 16 new bedrooms and a glass reception area, in early 2019 with construction headed up by Ormerod Sutton Architects.
Plans submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council will see the number of bedrooms increase to 68, and a glass reception created, similar to the world-famous Barcelona Pavilion.
A new reception area will improve accessibility and has been designed to incorporate bespoke commercial furniture, designed by Leeds-based OSA.
Hotel Felix is owned and operated by Cassel Hotels, who took over the property in 2001.
The original building dates back to 1852, having previously been the house of a botanist, and the site boasts green-belt status.
Jeremy Cassel, managing director at Cassel Hotels Ltd, said: “OSA did a tremendous job with their plans for Felix Hotel and I am delighted that their vision has been approved. The update is going to be a very exciting process which will transform the guest experience for our customers.”
OSA director Armine Sutton said: “We are extremely pleased that this innovative project has been given the green light. We are confident that this exciting project will more than live up to expectation.”
She added: “The glass for the reception adds a contrasting contemporary element whilst endeavouring to respect the original structure. The idea was for the area to be eye-catching and draw the attention of visitors. It is a bold design and for planners to liken its minimalism to one the world’s most iconic and inspirational buildings is very flattering.”