Grand Hotel

Hickman & Smith were appointed as architects for the conservation and restoration works to The Grand Hotel as part of Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zones project.  

The Grade II listed building was designed by Cecil Ogden and Amos Hall and built between 1897-98 by Orson Wright and is one of Leicester’s most prestigious hotels. Under the plans, the original fabric of the building will be carefully revealed and repaired to restore the character of Granby Street and drive regeneration in the area.  The shopfronts that line the hotel will be reinstated as close to the building’s original design as possible, using a sustainable hardwood timber and toughened glass. New retail units and hotel entrance will also be created.  High level stone detailing will be conserved and restored, recessed doorways and delivery entrances will be fitted with bespoke iron gates and traditional mosaics, and uniform signage will be introduced, in keeping with the building.

Location: Leicester, UK

Client: Leicester City Council

Status: Stage 5 Construction

Value: £1.5 million