This building on Southampton’s high street is currently home to a mix of tenants, including an Argos on the ground floor and various short-term lessees above. Seeking to take advantage of the constant influx of visitors to this charming coastal town, the client purchased the building with plans to convert it into a lifestyle hotel. We were tasked with developing a feasibility study illustrating the transformation of this complicated structure, with its deep floor plates, into a 100-bedroom hotel. A simple new facade was a cost-effective exterior solution and served to offset the significant work required to produce workable floor plans.
Existing High Street view
Proposed High Street view
On the top floor a roof terrace is provided to the rear of the building, and additional volume is now added in a roof extension. This floor now introduces long stay apartments as we go up the building, affording guests great views out over the city and the seafront beyond.
Comprised of Standard and Superior Studios which fill the floorplate, while introducing a large light-well/courtyard into the building with two smaller ones, further bringing natural daylight into the scheme.
Provides four distinct entry points for the following:
• Primary Hotel Entrance
• Secondary Hotel / F+B Entrance
• Ground Floor Retail Tenant
• Receiving / Servicing / Refuse Collection
A flexible bar and restaurant are provided,
generous kitchen and admin space
Split between car parking, accessed via a car lift, Back-of-House Space and Supplemental space which could be provided to the retail tenants, or possibly as amenity for the hotel, such as a gym.