With the arrival of new hotel operators into the local market, myhotel is ambitious to remain at the forefront of hospitality service in Brighton & Hove. As part of the hotel’s ongoing strategic business review certain aspects of the hotel building and its infrastructure have been targeted for updating and improvement. The brief required the addition of circa 15 no hotel room keys & the conversion of the basement car-park into a hospitality venue that complimented the F&B offers currently provided within the hotel. Overall it is anticipated that the extension and conversion works will add a possible further 20 jobs across the hotel and its associated retail partners: myhotel, Merkaba, Chilli Pickle, Small Batch Coffee and a new restaurant operator (TBC).Challenges & Inspiration:
The hotel was constructed in 2006 as part of the hugely successful North Laine Jubilee Street development alongside the award winning Jubilee Library. As a relatively new building the council’s planning department were resistant to the argument that the proposed extensions were necessary. The case was made that certain aspects of the building were left unresolved and the proposals sought to tidy these up at the same time as creating additional volume that the hotel was seeking. The new vista of the hotel from New Road will dramatically improve the aspect of this important cross roads by the Dome Theatre. The conversion of the basement car-park provides the hotel with an exciting opportunity to create a new new large restaurant or music venue, the eventual operator has yet to be confirmed, with the North Laine being the rising star of the Brighton retail scene there are no shortage of national and local operators chomping at the bit to take it on.
Furniture/ Lighting/ Materials
North elevation – Living wall by Bio-tecture.
South extension – Flint wall cladding – a local material reinvented; curtain walling to match existing
East extension – Self coloured render to match existing, glazing to match existing
Penthouse – Louvre cladding, frameless glazing
Architectural drawings may be downloaded here:
Designers: Chalk Architecture Ltd.