Following closure in 2009, Grade II Listed Bush Hall Hotel, Hatfield, has fallen into disrepair. During 2018, Gascoyne Cecil Estates undertook essential maintenance and repair to the property to mitigate further damage to the building whilst proposals for the future refurbishment of the property were established.

HUSH, working alongside our client, Gascoyne, the prelet tenant Oakman Inns and their scheme Architect Gollifer Langston, have identified and engaged a wider project design team to develop the feasibility study and subsequent design up to Stage 4. Planning permission and Listed Building Consent was awarded in June 2019.

The development involves extensive restoration to bring it back into use as a hotel, restaurant and function venue with associated landscaping. This will bring the property back to life as an important feature and landmark in the local community. The proposed refurbishment reduces the overall hotel room provision from 25 to 14, larger, boutique rooms and suites, 3 staff bedrooms and 5 accessible riverside suites in the remodelled Stable Block – each with their own private riverside terrace.

The Coach House will form a modern kitchen open to the new Dining Room ‘Link’ Building that connects onto the east gable of Bush Hall. The existing bar and lounge areas will be refurbished and any original features, fireplaces and wooden panelling retained to preserve its own traditional charm and character. The old Bush Hall ‘Barn’ will be retained as a dining space allowing it to be closed off for private parties, small gathering or meetings as required.

Redundant outbuildings and poor-quality 20th Century additions have been demolished to facilitate the proposals. The scheme also includes the construction of a new separate modern Function Room with multi-faceted zinc clad roof.

The ecology and external landscaping of the property is a key part of the works. It involves significant engagement with the local water authority regarding the reinstatement of the river tributary that runs through the lands to restore the grounds to their former glory.

The works have been procured in two phases; an enabling works package already undertaken including site clearance, internal strip out and investigations and demolition of outbuildings. This has enabled the detailed design to be developed and validated ahead of procuring the main works to shell and core. The project will then be handed over to Oakman Inns to enable them to undertake their interior fit out and landscaping.

Client

Gascoyne Holdings

Building/Street Name

Bush Hall Hotel, Hatfield

Project Value

£5m (shell and core)

Area

1222 m2

Construction Period

18 months