Heckfield Place: Clegg Associates Shapes World Class Luxury Hotel
Recognised as one of the world’s finest hotels since opening in August 2018. Heckfield Place is an award-winning luxury and elegant country house hotel that guests can experience.
Beneath the surface of this unique Grade II Listing is a multitude of innovative structural engineering devised by Clegg Associates. Unique features include underground cinema, a state-of-the-art energy centre and modern spa facilities.
An Established Partnership
Clegg Associates has been a key part of the team of experts brought together by Operis Construction Ltd overseeing the transformation of Heckfield Place. Thus, contributing structural engineering expertise from the initiation to its successful opening.
The journey to create a guest experience like no other within this 18th century Georgian manor house began in 2009. Establishing a state-of-the-art hotel while retaining the original Georgian charm of this historic property and grounds meant that many engineering challenges had to be overcome.
While many original features remained, over time, modifications of the building outdated the more modern Heckfield Place. Previously used as a training and conference centre, a combination of creative skill and technical engineering expertise transformed a structure in need of extensive restoration.
One of the first challenges was the creation of an underground screening room. To create this structurally sound, yet discreet space was a real feat of engineering. As a result, massive excavation to construct a large underground basement with capacity for up to 70 people.
To create a seamless link with the original house, this 35×30 meter space constructed within 1.5 meters of the walls of the Listed structure. Clegg Associates ensured that the piling, excavation and construction of this space finished with no risk to the integrity of the Listed building. Doing so by co-coordinating the work of specialist piling and propping contractors to minimise and control the movement of the soil beneath the Georgian and Victorian foundations.
Beautiful interiors are a key feature of Heckfield Place, and each aspect of every room has been carefully planned. To create a range of room sizes that would meet guest requirements, internal walls dismantled to create larger rooms inside the main hotel building accordingly. In some instances, up to four separate rooms merged into one. This required specific technical approaches to deconstruct then rebuild a structurally sound space.
An additional structural challenge arose to ensure that the cast iron baths installed in guest bathrooms wouldn’t over-stress floors and ceilings. Clegg Associates planned and installed additional steelworks to secure the structural strength of each individual room, without compromising the look and feel of the building interior or key original features.
Lakes, gardens, terraces and woods surround Heckfield Place. We ensured these beautifully restored grounds weren’t marred by the functional requirements of a 21st century hotel. We used the basement space to create an Energy Centre with space above and below ground. This allows for the efficient use of energy resources without interrupting the tranquil surroundings of Heckfield Place.
The Energy Centre blends the look and feel of an industrial building in an agricultural setting while housing a variety of energy solutions. With a timber clad barn-inspired structure above ground, a second excavation plan provided functional basement space with many options for energy provision. Wood pellet fuelled boilers allow for green energy production. The Energy Centre also has the option of LPG boilers and even has oil-powered generators on standby. This tremendous versatility ensures that both environmental and efficiency includes part of the overall facilities management of the hotel.
The resulting construction blends in seamlessly with its surroundings. Thus, supplying all the energy needs for the hotel without noise, vibration or other disturbance for hotel guests.
The creation of a spa space within the hotel provides a haven of calm for guests. To ensure comfort, peace and serenity within this space, room size was particularly important.
Several large rooms converted into treatment rooms within a dedicated spa zone. Created through several structural alterations in an area that was originally constrained through height and a sloping foundation. An additional storey devised above the original rooms, requiring the construction of an external steel frame. The area was also expanded through lengthening a part-basement to create additional space.
Clegg Associates devised structural solutions to ensure alterations blend seamlessly with the original building structure. The resulting amenities are perfectly proportioned, providing guests with space to relax and exercise.
Our Partnership Continues
The result of this collaboration with Heckfield Place and a range of high calibre partners is an aesthetically flawless experience for guests at an incredible hotel.
Overall, we are proud that our professional and client-centric approach has established a long-term partnership with Heckfield Place. We share our delight that our involvement continues, as additional features provide for future guests at this world-leading venue.