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£4m major development complete at Midlands hotel

Pictured: Contractors celebrate completion with Helena and Andy Hogarth and members of the design and build planning team

A major £4m development at Hogarths – the highly acclaimed hotel and restaurant on the edge of Dorridge in Solihull, West Midlands – has been completed. The scheme considerably improves the dining facilities, increases the number of bedrooms and improves the hotel’s wedding and conference facilities.

The investment has created around 30 jobs within the hotel and restaurant itself – with some 85 craftsmen, trades people and builders working to complete the development programme which started in October 2011.

Owner Helena Hogarth and husband Andy took over the hotel in 2004 and have enjoyed significant growth over the past eight years, particularly within the conference and weddings markets. Helena Hogarth said: “Our development includes improvements to the excellent events services we already offer, but most exciting is the addition of our new brasserie and bar, fine dining restaurant. We’ve also added 32 new bedrooms, bringing the total to 49.

“We are thrilled at how the hotel has turned out and now aim to become regarded as the best privately owned hotel and restaurant in the Midlands.”

The new facilities include Bar8 Brasserie – so named because its opening coincides with Hogarths’ eighth year – which will offer a highly relaxed environment. A fine dining restaurant will open at a later date following the appointment of a “highly renowned” chef.

While the original building had been extended piecemeal by previous owners, the new works tie each of the architectural elements together. A particular feature is a glazed wall which divides the brasserie from the outside terraces. 

Hogarths appointed Manchester-based architects ButtressFullerAlsopWilliams to the project, which was completed by construction company Daco Contracts, based in the Midlands, and finished by B.M. Trevillion Interiors of London.   

Mark Batley of ButtressFullerAlsopWilliams, said: “The design and construction process has been a close collaboration between the client, design team and contractor, without which it would have been impossible to complete this exciting project in only 28 weeks. 

“The scheme makes the most of the mature landscaped gardens and tranquil setting by providing a large glazed entrance and matching glazed restaurant extension. These features are complemented by a two storey bedroom block which creates an enclosure to the gardens. The completed scheme provides much greater flexibility to the public spaces together with a state of the art kitchen and modern luxurious bedrooms.”

Michael Trevillion, director of B.M. Trevillion Interiors, said: “An exciting and intelligent collaboration between architect and interior designer has delivered a significantly extended property delivering both aesthetics and operational values. 

“A new entrance and reception area complete with its own “flock of swifts” swooping over the reception desk (emphasising the unity between inside and outside); a fine dining restaurant, intimate lounge bar and open plan brasserie seating over 50 covers has taken much of its design influences from the beautifully landscaped grounds.”

Hogarths is situated within 30 acres of grounds, including a private moat and island, and the development has also included external works to enhance the outdoor environment. Landscape architects Colvin & Moggeridge have created a ‘four seasons’ garden centered around a unique ‘copper tree’ water feature, which provides a picturesque backdrop for photography all year round. The project also included the provision of additional spaces within a landscaped car park.

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