The Royal Clarence Hotel reveals plans for restoration after last year’s fire


Following last year’s fire at The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter, plans have now been put forward by the property’s owner Andrew Brownsword to restore the building.

The fire, which devastated the hotel in October 2016, left nothing in its wake except the exterior walls of the building and then followed months of careful deconstruction.

Now plans have been revealed to restore the external façade and rebuild the hotel, staying as true to the original as possible and working closely with Historic England and Exeter City Council.

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While the official plans for the interior of the hotel are currently being designed, work is expected to take 18 months with Brownsword Hotels aiming to reopen The Royal Clarence Hotel in 2019.

Every effort has been made to preserve surviving features of historic and architectural importance, such as distinctive iron work and stained glass windows.

Andrew Brownsword CBE DL comments: “This is such a wonderful moment, after the initial heartbreak and months of deconstruction, to start to look towards to the future and to restoring The Royal Clarence’s historic frontage. As we said at the time of the fire, our aim has always been to preserve as many surviving features of historic and architectural importance as we can and, where possible, incorporate them into the rebuild. I’m delighted with the proposed new façade and we look forward to hearing comments from the people of Exeter and to restoring our corner of Cathedral Green back to its former glory.”

Working in partnership with construction consultants Thomasons and architects Buttress, a director of Buttress, David Shatwell, commented: “We are very excited to be moving onto the next stage to rebuild and restore The Royal Clarence. Having taken every effort to stabilise the building, save as much as possible of what remains and prepare detailed research into the history of the building, parts of which date from the 16th century, we are delighted to now be taking the first steps toward rebuilding this beautiful building.”

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