New Accommodation Suites + Leisure Facilities // Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Devon
The Soar Mill Cove Hotel approached the practice with a plan to secure planning permission for the expansion of their leisure facilities and the construction of 5 new ‘coastal suites’. The master plan included an expansion of the pool and changing areas, the construction of new staff accommodation and the 5 new family suites. The new suites at the Soar Mill Cove Hotel are located to the front of the existing building, taking advantage of the views down the valley to the sea beyond. The sloping site allowed the new buildings to be installed at a lower level than the existing hotel building, so the views from the existing bedrooms, restaurant and terrace areas are not compromised.
Along with preserving views down the valley, another key design consideration was to assimilate the new buildings into the landscape. Making the new buildings as visually unintrusive as possible not only mitigated any impact on the existing hotel rooms and facilities but was an important factor in securing planning permission within the protected landscape. The new buildings were designed to be dug into the sloping site and their flat roofs planted with sedum and grasses. To the seaward elevation, the walls not glazed were finished in local natural stone. The combination of stone walls, grass roofs and considered landscaping around the buildings successfully assimilates them into the landscape. We worked with local landscape architects Eden Design to ensure the landscaping concept was successfully developed and presented to the planning department.
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