When the restoration work began on the estate, the two buildings had been empty for over ten years. Alongside Gibberd architects, we worked to turn this 18th century, Grade II* listed buildings into an inclusive five-star hotel complex while also respecting the architectural and historical significance of both the main Langley Park House and the Clock Tower building opposite.
The entire approach driveway to the main house entrance and surrounding landscape were lowered to allow direct pedestrian access into the building. Previously, the main entrance was at the upper level and not directly accessible. There are now new and refurbished lifts provided, as well as nearby accessible car parking and charging points for electric vehicles.
We worked to ensure that there were ambulant disabled bathrooms and lift access in the main building. It was not possible to have fully accessible guestrooms in this part of the building but an extension to the Clock Tower building provides fully accessible guestrooms.
All areas of the new luxury spa and indoor swimming pool are accessible. The new spa facility connects with the main house below ground level to allow unrestricted views for all across the panoramic views of the estate. The new, outdoor swimming pool and its changing facilities are also fully accessible, as are the overlooking terraces around the main house.
The hotel is also providing mobility scooters for guests to enjoy all areas of the estate, which are accessed via suitably wide and firm paths. This goes beyond what might be legally required but such provisions on sites as large as Langley Park help ensure that all the guests have the same opportunities to enjoy and take in the landscapes which were sculpted by Capability Brown in the 18th century.
Langley Park Hotel & Spa opens in 2019.