Inn Collection Group begins renovation of "iconic" Lake District hotel with Newcastle firm

Work is set to begin on the “significant” renovation of The Glenridding Hotel near Ullswater this month, after the project to update The Inn Collection Group’s (ICG) Patterdale property was granted planning permission.

Working with the Newcastle based GSSArchitecture, the renovation and redevelopment plans will look to maximise the opportunities presented from the stunning location. Included in the plans are the introduction of a new canopied entrance which will provide guests and visitors with an accessible, covered entry and improved wayfinding on arrival.

The external facades will undergo “comprehensive” refurbishment, including “sympathetic” window replacement, roof replacements and new signage to improve the overall appearance and experience for guests of the hotel.

Acquired by ICG in February last year, the planning application was submitted last July after being developed through close collaboration between The Inn Collection Group and the full design team, including Method BC, IC Planning, BXB Interior Design, ECS Consultants, Jasper Kerr, and Sweco Building Control. . Working as architects and principal designers on the scheme, GSSArchitecture is partnering with ICG across a number of developments in its portfolio, including Ambleside venues The Waterhead Inn and The Wateredge Inn in addition to the project transforming Tynemouth’s The Park Hotel into The Tynemouth Castle Inn.

The Glenridding Hotel sits within the English Lake District World Heritage Site, and with parts of the building dating back to the 1860s, the works have been carefully designed to sensitively upgrade and improve the hotel, providing this historic building with a sustainable long-term future.

Louise Stewart, property director at The Inn Collection Group, commented: “We are delighted to be working with GSSArchitecture and bringing their expertise to the refurbishment of The Glenridding Hotel, continuing our fruitful partnership with them.

“The Glenridding Hotel is an iconic site that we were delighted to bring into the group and we are excited to get works started on a redevelopment that we are confident guests will love them once completed.

“It is important to us that our renovations bring our own identity but at the same time are respectful of these iconic properties’ heritage and working with GSSArchitecture will help achieve that at these Inns.”

Simon Rennison-Rae, partner at GSSArchitecture, added: “We are thrilled that the works at Glenridding have been granted planning permission, which is a great result for the local area and The Inn Collection’s continued investment in the region.”

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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