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Raby Mews Bath new house architecture project

Planning consent achieved in Henrietta Park, Bath

Esmond Murray Architects delighted to have achieved detailed planning consent this month to extend this popular hotel in the centre of Bath. Our scheme provides eight double, en-suite bedrooms, a 140 square metre Health Suite and additional parking.

We had to work closely with the local authority’s planners and listed building officers to achieve approval as the building is locally listed.

The hotel was originally two large Victorian villas built in the late 19th Century adjacent Henrietta Park in a domestic style version of the French Renaissance Style that had become so popular.

The hotel was formerly called ‘Villa Magdala’ and has built up an excellent reputation for its boutique-style accommodation. However, it has recently been sold to the ‘Roseate Hotel & Resort Group’ and is now called the ‘Villa at Henrietta Park’. The hotel will complement their hotels in London, Reading and Bombay.

Work commenced on church conversion in Yate

Work has now commenced on the conversion of Grace Church in Yate, reputably the birthplace of JK Rowling. Despite the sensitive nature of the existing building, Esmond Murray Architects were able to gain planning consent for the conversion of the existing clinic into 9 residential apartments and a 200 seat hall extension to the site. We’re looking forward to seeing the project through to the next phase.

Inspiration for an indoor/outdoor living space


So you want to buy a plot and create your own grand design?

You’ve found a plot and now, in the manner of Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs TV series, you want to buy it and build your own unique family home. But how can you be sure your project will be a success? Here are the questions to ask before you part with your cash:

Bath Outperformed Wider UK Prime Country Markets in 2016

The latest Bath Market Insight Report from Knight Frank has revealed that last year saw the Bath prime property market starting to ease, after significant growth in 2015.  Property prices in Bath increased by 3.5% in 2016, compared with 4.5% the previous year. However, despite slower growth, Bath still outperformed the wider UK prime country markets, which saw an average fall of 0.4% in 2016.

Esmond Murray Architects Awarded Silver-Gilt Medal for Hampton Court Palace Project

We are delighted that the Outside Inside Garden won the Silver Gilt award at the 2016 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show!

Working with Landscape Architect Emma Bannister, the garden was inspired by the stories of those who suffer from severe PMS. The common native planting on the outside contrasts with the inaccessible space and distorted planting inside.

Visitors will first see an area of hazel woodland with native ferns and wildflowers. The inside of the garden is hidden from view behind a Somerset willow screen. As visitors walk along the curving path, the inside gradually reveals itself through gaps in the screen until a round window reveals the central feature – a corkscrew hazel in a bed of Bowles’ golden grass. These plants were grown by the Edwardian plantsman E A Bowles in an area of Myddelton House garden that he called his ‘Lunatic Asylum’. He referred to these plants as his ‘maniacs’.

The outside and inside are connected by the overarching willow and steel canopy – symbolising the effect of fluctuating hormones on the brain. The ends of the willow arches ‘snake’ around the bases of the multi-stemmed hazel trees in a style inspired by the land art installations of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy.

The outside planting includes recently coppiced hazel trees – symbolising energy, cycles and regeneration.