Mottram Hall Architect-CT Darling

Wilmslow architect lands Mottram Hall revamp

Architect CT, the Wilmslow-based arm of Darling Associates, has been appointed by spa resort group Champneys on the £10m refurbishment of Mottram Hall.

Mottram Hall is an 18th century grade two-listed building encompassing a hotel, spa, golf course and conference and events facilities, surrounded by 270 acres of parkland. It was acquired in September for an undisclosed sum by Champneys from real estate investor Aprirose, which had been operating it under the QHotels brand since 2014.

The redevelopment will include a 20m swimming pool, new wet and thermal experiences, plus the addition of 18 new treatment rooms. There are also plans for new conference facilities, an extension to the clubhouse on the golf course, and an increase in the number of bedrooms to 150.

Darling is a London-based practice that acquired a Northern presence through a merger this June with Architect CT, which was established in 1983. The Wilmslow studio, it said, has particular expertise in addressing the challenges presented by historic buildings and as part of the refurbishment, the practice will also be charged with the restoration of the original entrance and reception.

Construction on site is expected to start in 2019.

Lee Bradley, project director, said: “The appointment on Mottram Hall is prestigious and a fantastic result of the joint approach that Architect CT and Darling Associates have taken since our partnership earlier this year. Mottram Hall is a unique project and we’re excited to oversee its redevelopment as a leading leisure destination in Cheshire.”

Chris Darling, managing director, said: “It is fitting that Mottram Hall, our first joint project, is in the North West and we’re thrilled that our partnership with Architect CT is already reaping rewards. It demonstrates how we are now increasingly able to work across an expanded portfolio of services and sectors, to result in our collective ongoing success.“

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