Ace Hotel, Micklegate, York *

Client: Ace Hotels

This project arose as a result of a difficult situation that had arisen at Micklegate House - one of the finest Georgian buildings in York dating from 1752 and a Grade 1 listed building. The owners had started to repair and upgrade the building but had commenced work without proper plans or any statutory consents. The insertion of air conditioning was considered vital to maintain comfort standards but this, and other significant work, had gone ahead to the detriment of the character and historic detailing within the building.

An accurate measured survey of the building was undertaken and a series of meetings held with the local Planning Department, Building Control and English Heritage to arrive at solutions which would still allow essential upgrading to take place, but which enhanced, rather than detracted from the character of the building.

All missing features such as staircase balusters, architraves, skirtings, window shutters and doors were replaced with new features, carefully designed to match existing details. A very detailed design and access statement was produced to provide valid reasons for the alterations.

The result is an enhanced Georgian building, providing an active sustained use having increased its longevity through carefully considered repairs, upgrading of services and minor alterations. Ace Hotels have also been able to bring their distinctive and fresh personality to the interiors without detracting from the character of this wonderful period building.

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