Dating back to 1921, the two block 64,500 sq ft office building still contained original desks and furniture that had to be cleared as part of the initial programme of works. It also adjoined a shopping centre and had an arcade on the Ground floor, both of which were occupied by a number of separate tenants throughout the work, so their health and safety needs together with the protection of the public throughout was a primary concern throughout.
In addition, access was via the basement, which had a shared pedestrian access route and the site was located in close proximity to a pedestrian route leading into the shopping centre and adjoining premises, which also required shared access.
Working in collaboration with the client, the buildings were quickly cleared and work carried out without any major impact on adjoining buildings and the day to day activities of this part of Cardiff. The result is a £17.5m luxury hotel and a Marco Pierre White Bar & Grill rooftop restaurant.
Work was also carried out to enhance the original Dominions Arcade beneath the hotel, which now includes the main access and foyer to the hotel reception and lounge, and a dedicated entrance and lift to the Marco Pierre White restaurant on the top floor.
Cardiff is an increasingly popular tourist and business destination and has been one of the strongest performing hotel locations in the UK in recent times. This investment offered an attractive opportunity for Maven investors, who continue to explore investment opportunities in new and exciting markets. Each of the 122 rooms has its own unique en-suite bathroom and great attention has been paid to crafting unique spaces throughout the hotel that reflect the history and vibrancy of the Welsh capital. The guest rooms are themed ‘Made in Wales’, ‘Welsh Industry’ and ‘Music’, with each featuring local art and regionally-sourced natural materials to reflect the city’s strong legacy.
Hotel Indigo is the boutique hotel brand of InterContinental Hotels Group, which has 60 hotels worldwide, Maven’s property business now manages a UK-wide portfolio, including hotels, student accommodation and office refurbishments,which includes 19 investments with a combined gross development value of more than £250m.
Updating an icon, providing pride of place for Charles Darwin’s finds, creating a prominent spot for a fully-fledged Finback whale, and being test abseiled by Sir David Attenborough.
The Aperture is the first phase of residential buildings on the Greenwich Peninsula. This five storey building comprises of a restaurant and deli on the ground floor, day nursery on the first floor, estate management and a community centre on the second/third floors with a gym on the remaining floors.
Developing Chester's largest and most ambitious ever creative project, working in a restricted city centre location, adapting the programme when a Roman building was discovered on site, restoring and revitalising a Grade II Listed building, creating new cultural spaces and receiving the Arts Council's highest ever score for a building.
Developing the first site outside Devon and Cornwall for Trago Mills, an independent, family owned and run discount leisure retailer. Bringing much needed employment to the area it includes 11 retail units, external sales area, café, garden centre, goods yard, ice cream stall, bandstand, adventure dome and model railway.
Transforming a tired council facility into a modern new leisure centre in the north of Sheffield, adhering to Sport England guidelines and taking on board local concerns, introducing a bold exterior design and keeping to tight deadlines.
Completing the penultimate phase of the £65m waterfront development, taking it through the planning process, regenerating over 17 acres in Walsall including The Light Cinema and popular national restaurant chains, making the most of a canalised location and engaging with the local community.
Delivering the £450m Watford Riverwell as a 15-20 year joint venture with Watford Borough Council, which involved regenerating 70 acres of land in West Watford to create residential, office, retail, leisure, industrial and hotel space.
Identifying this 20.5 acre site in Reading as a strategic development opportunity, delivering a retail and leisure scheme including new homes, a hotel, retail space, car showrooms and industrial units, trailing new innovations and generating 263 jobs and £138m of social value.
Creating a new retail and leisure heart for the town comprising 23 shops, restaurants and bars, together with a multi-screen Empire cinema, 60 bed Premier Inn hotel and a 345 space car park.
Converting a 1920s office building in Cardiff into a 122 bedroom Hotel Indigo, the boutique hotel brand of InterContinental Hotels Group, for Maven Capital Partners with Sanguine Hospitality. Crafting spaces throughout the hotel to reflect the history and vibrancy of the city and a rooftop Marco Pierre White restaurant.
Constructing a new retail unit that included remodelling existing car parks, a major re-alignment of the existing spine road - including removal of roundabouts - significant public utility services diversions and installation of toucan crossings.
Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Designing and constructing a new leisure complex within this holiday village on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, including toddler and 20m adult swimming pools, Tornado and Twister flume rides, and water playground, gymnasium, other leisure facilities and associated plant and equipment.
Creating a viable and affordable facility that brought all Crewe's lifestyle services - pool, gym, sports hall, library, specialist daycare and family service facilities - together under one roof, meeting a diverse range of user needs and building within a constrained town centre site.
Restoring, renovating and extending this prestigious Grade A listed performing arts building, utilising building conservation techniques whilst internally upgrading the interiors and finishes to a high quality and installing new, modern building services and a/v equipment throughout.
Creating a new £19m aviation museum showcasing the role played by the Bristol site in Britain’s aviation history, including a hangar to house the last Concorde ever to fly, restoring a Grade 1 listed First World War hangar to create an exhibition space
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.