Refurbishment and restorations of the historic Grade II listed Falcon Hotel.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s oldest hotel – parts of the building date back to the early 16th century – was to be modernised to create a 93-bedroom boutique hotel with lounges, a restaurant and bar.
Ridge provided Civil and Structural Engineering services from the project inception through to completion. We worked closely with the architect and the local Conservation Officer to painstakingly restore the historic building, undertaking extensive remodeling of the internal layout, while retaining the historic fabric of the listed building.
The entire building was stripped back to its barest form to reveal the original structure. The condition of the existing timber frame was found to be very poor and as a result extensive remedial works became necessary. As a listed building, elements could only be replaced like-for-like, keeping as much of the original structure as possible. Traditional methods were used for the repairs which were sympathetic to methods undertaken in the past. Beams which were beyond repair were replaced with 18-year air dried European Oak, and lath and plaster areas underwent extensive works using lime plaster and new riven oak lathes.
Along with the original Tudor building, a more modern concrete framed annex had been added during previous refurbishment and extension works. The concrete frame also suffered condition issues, such as concrete spalling, exposed reinforcement and corrosion of reinforcement on the car park decks due to salting of the concrete surface. Ridge worked with the contractor to undertake surveys and develop a schedule of repair and strengthening works to prolong the life of the building.
SBID International Design Awards 2019
Nominated for best Hotel Public Space Design
Early 16th Century
Date of the original building
The condition of the existing timber frame was found to be very poor and as a result extensive remedial works became necessary