Finalist in the Regional LABC Awards

Posted by admin on March 6, 2015

Recognition for transformation of former hotel into flats by Bristol developer and architect

The transformation of a former hotel by Bristol-based property developer Sustainable Britain into stylish flats designed by Bristol-based Ascent Architecture has been recognised in a leading property award.

The conversion of the dilapidated former Dorville Hotel into 20 flats, now called Dorville House, has been shortlisted for the finals of the West of England Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2017.

The awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry, including excellent buildings and outstanding companies. The West of England ceremony will take place at a gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol on Friday July 14, and winners will automatically be shortlisted for the LABC Grand Finals in London.

Nick Calvert, Development Director of Sustainable Britain, which is part of the Connolly & Callaghan Group, said: “We are delighted to receive recognition in the LABC Building Excellence Awards for the work undertaken at the former Dorville Hotel, which had lain empty for over a decade, and had suffered from vandalism, squatters, fire, water ingress and general decay.

“It was regarded as a blot on the landscape and was a concern to the local community, we have been delighted with the positive response we have received to the conversion of the Dorville Hotel into 20 high quality flats.”

Architect Steve Mardall, of Ascent Architecture, submitted the entry for the award. Design challenges included putting in place new party walls to sub-divide the former hotel into flats, and creating new balconies to the rear to exploit the coastal views.

He said: “This project has been a triumph in terms of how it has created a new use for an obsolete building and has overcome numerous technical challenges.

“Most significant is the improvement from an infamous blot on the landscape to a well-designed building with simple lines that pays homage to the original building’s Art Deco aesthetic.

“The converted building complements its surroundings and has had a significant positive impact on the local area and community.

“Residents of the building benefit from high-quality flats with external balconies and stunning coastal views, and a building that is now significantly more thermally efficient and airtight than was the original.”



Issued on behalf of Connolly and Callaghan by Empica 01275 394400.