Modern Addition: Connecting Victorian with Contemporary

Merging the contemporary with the traditional isn’t always successful, but Ormerod Sutton Architects’ extension of a Victorian boutique hotel is a great example of contrast in action. We look at the newly approved design

Extending traditional structures is often a challenge presented to architects, but Ormerod Sutton Architects’ Felix Hotel extension in Cambridgeshire, UK, is an example of contrast done right. The £2.5m extension, which has been granted planning permission, sees the addition of a glass reception area and an additional 16 bedrooms to the original 1852 building, the former home of a botanist.

“We are extremely pleased that this innovative project has been given the green light. We are confident that this exciting project will more than live up to expectation,” said Armine Sutton, director of Ormerod Sutton Architects and designer of the project. “The glass for the reception adds a contrasting contemporary element whilst endeavouring to respect the original structure.  The idea was for the area to be eye-catching and draw the attention of visitors.”

The project posed considerable challenges, not least the fact that it is located on a green-belt site. It also needed to address considerable accessibility concerns, while providing additional capacity to the boutique hotel. “OSA did a tremendous job with their plans for Felix Hotel and I am delighted that their vision has been approved,” said Cassel Hotels director Jeremy Cassel. “The update is going to be a very exciting process which will transform the guest experience for our customers.”