The 18th-century redbrick hotel, which ceased trading in 2015 was purchased by John Magnier in 2016, was re-constructed over a 30-month period, and has begun trading in early 2022.
The full development consisted of alterations, extensions and refurbishment of the original hotel, including the former Bolton Library, the schoolhouse, gate lodge, manager’s house, coach house, two restaurants, a bar, function room, spa and leisure centre. The existing house had 19 guest bedrooms and two suites, which increased to 42 rooms.
Axiseng was commissioned by the client to lead the mechanical and electrical services design of the refurbishment.
The existing listed part of the hotel was fully refurbished including new M&E. As part of the conservation works, we were required to utilise existing openings and route only for the M&E distribution.
The main reception rooms and bedrooms are naturally ventilated via openable windows. Reception rooms are heated with new radiators, with the pipework running in the existing floor void joists. Electrical services run within the existing floor void joist opes to serve wall outlets.
The new building is fed from a new VRF system with power distribution within ceiling voids. Radiators heat the public areas, with radiators selected to suit the look and feel of the existing palace building.
A mixture of access control and key systems are used for the new and old rooms to suit the ambiance of the hotel interiors. Physical constraints within the existing site boundary led to the inclusion of a main substation serving all buildings.
The listed site outhouses were upgraded with new M&E services to provide new suites for the hotel capacity.