Wivenhoe House Hotel; restoration of a Victorian Manor

Inspire Conservation were sought to undertake specialist conservation elements of the refurbishment of the Victorian Manor into a high class boutique hotel.  Essex University and education foundation ‘Edge’ are working to turn Wivenhoe House into a luxury hotel and innovative hotel school.  When it opens in spring 2012, pupils will be able to study for fast-track degrees in culinary and hotel management while getting on-the-job experience.  We are proud to have been involved in a project like this which will benefit the local community and next generation of graduates.

Our involvement on this site was over an eight month period, covering most of the façade works and all the internal decorative conservation elements.  Our work included fibrous cornice installation, sympathetic fibrous ceiling repairs, paint removal from internal decorative elements and lime plastering.  Inspire were also responsible for the facade restoration including lime pointing, coping repairs and construction of a new parapet wall to match existing.  The new parapet fits seamlessly into the existing building with matching copings and finials, designed to cover the new modern lift construction behind.

Various elements of the programme were very challenging and the project was not without its difficulties but the final success of the project can be accredited to the diligence of the Inspire team.

Click on the photos below to see some details of our work on this project.



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