15 September 2017

Bats in the battlements!

Nick Childs, of Childs & Sulzmann Architects, reveals the trials and tribulations involved in gaining planning permission for a hotel extension to a Tudor castle.

(Article as published in Boutique Hotel News September 2017).

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Thornbury Castle, South Gloucestershire | click for more
03 September 2017

First phase of historic school expansion complete

The first phase of the expansion of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, an historic school that lies within the precinct of Bristol Cathedral and thought to date back to the 1100s, has been completed in time for the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

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Bristol Cathedral Choir School phase one complete | click for more
01 September 2017

Childs+Sulzmann Architects expand Bristol teams

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to welcome two new members to their Bristol teams.

Zoe Day, a Part II Architect, joins the residential and education team and George Matthews, a UWE graduate, has joined the creative re-use team .. more

Zoe Day (left) and George Matthews (right) join the Childs+Sulzmann Bristol team | click for more
29 August 2017

Childs+Sulzmann advising on development sites in Monmouthshire

Childs+Sulzmann have been appointed through a competitive tendering process to advise Monmouthshire County Council on the redevelopment of redundant council owned sites across the county.

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Childs+Sulzmann advising on development sites in Monmouthshire | click for more
21 August 2017

We were told it couldn’t be done! Planning success against the odds!

Planning consents have been granted for proposals to extend and develop the historic Thornbury Castle international luxury hotel in Gloucestershire.

‘We think this is big news in the world of conservation and country house hotels,’ comments Nick Childs .. more

Thornbury Castle planning permission gets the go ahead | click for more
18 August 2017

Bike sheds and boilers!

Parkinson's Law of Triviality, or ‘the bike shed effect’, argues that members of an organisation give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.

We’ve seen this theory in practice recently with a planning application to install a biomass boiler in the grounds of a The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green .. more

The Manor, Weston-on-the-Green | click for more
14 August 2017

Business Leader Magazine interview with Nick Childs of Childs+Sulzmann

Nick Childs talks to Business Leader Magazine about Bristol and its future.

‘The lack of BIG plans for the city has meant lots of opportunities for little plans’ says Nick.

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Business Leader Magazine interview with Nick Childs | click for more
11 August 2017

First guests enjoy stunning views from the new development at Tewkesbury Park Hotel

The first phase of a £6m masterplan to restore and reconfigure Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Gloucestershire has been completed and is open for business. 

Guests at the hotel, which sits in 176 acres of ancient parkland, now have stunning views of the historic landscape .. more

Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club | click for more
04 August 2017

Boxworks granted extension to stay until 2020

‘Boxworks’, the temporary workspace formed from 20 shipping containers, located next to the Engine Shed in the heart of the Temple Meads area of Bristol, has been granted an extension to its temporary planning consent.

This innovative scheme originally envisaged as a two year project to provide incubator co-working accommodation .. more

Engine Shed Boxworks | click for more
22 July 2017

Work started on historic school expansion

Work has started on the first phase of the expansion of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, an historic school that lies within the precinct of Bristol Cathedral and is thought to date back to the 1100s.

This first phase is to refurbish and enhance existing classrooms in Abbey House, a Grade II listed building in the Cathedral precinct .. more

Bristol Cathedral Choir School | click for more
17 July 2017

Childs+Sulzmann welcome new Practice Manager

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Moulds as Practice Manager.

“Claire has a strong back ground in office management and has been tasked with streamlining and consolidating the practice’s systems and processes .. more

Childs+Sulzmann welcome new Practice Manager | click for more
22 June 2017

Childs+Sulzmann Architects expands hospitality team

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to welcome Geo Wilkins to their hospitality team. Geo, who qualified at the Manchester School of Architecture, brings valuable experience in the sector to C+SA’s specialist hospitality team, but also has experience of retail, residential, education and office developments .. more

Geo Wilkins, new addition to the hospitality team | click for more
21 June 2017

City Farm celebrates opening of new expanded facilities

Members of the community, local dignitaries and representatives from Childs+Sulzmann Architects all joined a celebration recently to mark the official opening of the extended and refurbished facilities at Windmill Hill City Farm.

The community farm is a much loved Bristol institution that has been so successful over recent years .. more

City Farm new expanded facilities opening | click for more
09 June 2017

Six weeks, five properties, £1.4m of building works and lots of complex issues!

That was the task set for Childs+Sulzmann Architects by their client, national hotel and pub chain, JD Wetherspoon.

This was by no means a simple task. The properties included historic listed buildings.
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The Falcon, Weatherspoon, High Wycombe | click for more
12 May 2017

Nick Childs to chair panel advising on plans for Weston Super Mare

The Architecture Centre has been commissioned to set up a dedicated Design Forum to help bring to fruition ambitious plans for the future of Weston-Super-Mare. The panel will be chaired by Nick Childs, former chair of the Bristol Urban Design Forum (BUDF) .. more

Weston Super Mare pier panel | click for more
1 April 2017

Childs+Sulzmann complete transformation of Prime Property on Hyde Park

The refurbishment and upgrade of No 1 Hyde Park Street, a highly desirable address in a prime London location, has been completed.

Childs+Sulzmann Architects were commissioned to refurbish and upgrade the building which comprises 13 apartments overlooking Hyde Park in London .. more

No 1 Hyde Park Street, London | click for more
31 March 2017

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for historic school expansion

Childs+Sulzmann architects have been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the expansion of an historic school that lies within the precinct of Bristol Cathedral and is thought to date back to the 1100s.

Plans to extend Bristol Cathedral Choir School with a new classroom for each school year group were revealed at a recent public consultation event .. more

Bristol Cathedral School, Bristol | click for more
15 March 2017

The secret to creating good urban communities? Learning from example!

All over the country there are communities and places that have a great vibe, a vital sense of identity, social cohesion and prosperity. And there are plenty of others that just don’t.

It is estimated that a massive 47% of illness is connected to living conditions .. more

Ashley Vale community self build, Bristol | click for more
01 March 2017

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Historic Country Estate Hospitality Project

Childs+Sulzmann have won a commission to develop a feasibility study for properties on the historic Wasing Estate in Berkshire.

Wasing has been in the same family since 1759 and remains a thriving entity today as a venue for weddings, meetings, retreats and sporting activities .. more

Historic Country Estate Hospitality Project, Wasing Estate, Berkshire | click for more
24 February 2017

Funding for Future of Landmark Building Secured

An iconic Clifton landmark has secured a grant which will make future funding for maintaining and improving the fabric of the building much more likely. 

The Grade II* listed Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA) in Queens Road – Bristol’s first Art Gallery .. more

The Grade II* listed Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA) in Queens Road, Bristol | click for more
17 February 2017

New Faces at Childs+Sulzmann

Childs+Sulzmann architects have welcomed two new recruits to their Bristol teams.

Orsolya Kapus (left) and Markos Spyrides (right), both students studying architecture at Bath University, have joined Childs+Sulzmann’s placement programme to gain vital experience of working in a busy, diverse, architectural practice .. more

New Faces at Childs+Sulzmann | click for more
03 February 2017

Windmill Hill City Farm expansion moves forward

Construction has now started on the next phase of development of Bristol’s Windmill Hill City Farm. Contractors are now on site to build Phase 1 which will include the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing café area and a 150m2 extension.

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Windmill Hill City Farm | click for more
20 December 2016

Engine Shed 2 will cement Bristol's unique profile as a centre for creativity and innovation

Bristol has developed a unique profile as a centre for creativity and innovation and an excellent place for start-up tech businesses. Following the phenomenal success of Engine Shed 1 which opened in 2013 an application for planning approval was submitted this week for Engine Shed 2 .. more

Engine Shed 2 | click for more
09 December 2016

A peek inside the refurbished Colston Tower!

The final phase of the refurbishment of the refurbishment of Colston Tower, the foyer, was completed earlier this year. The foyer now provides a contemporary social space to serve the growing community of approximately 700 people working in Colston Tower. With views out into city centre, it provides the ideal location for informal meetings and space to eat lunch away from the office desk .. more

Colston Tower Refurbishment - take a look inside! | click to view video
23 November 2016

Sharing our experiences of the changing urban dynamic is vital!

We all know of communities and places that just seem to work – that have a great vibe, a vital sense of identity, social cohesion and prosperity. Others, well, they just don’t. How can we ensure that our future urban developments provide the good social habitable places that are essential for the continuing health, prosperity and balance of urban centres? .. more

Waterford Viking Triangle | click for more
14 November 2016

Property Week Interviews Nick Childs, new Chair of Trustees of the Bristol Architecture Centre

Read the full interview of Nick Childs talking to Adam Branson of Property Week about how the centre has become the forum for a broad debate about urbanism and his views on the evolution of the city centre .. more

Property Week Interviews Nick Childs | click for more
03 November 2016

Tewkesbury Park Hotel's new conference and function suite starts on site

Construction has started on the creation of a new function room at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Gloucestershire. Designed as a conference and wedding venue, the facility will have magnificent views across 176 acres of ancient parkland where the Battle of Tewkesbury took place in May 1471 .. more

Tewkesbury Park Hotel's new conference and function suite | click for more
02 November 2016

Key appointments at Childs+Sulzmann Architects

Two new directors have been appointed at Childs+Sulzmann. Matt Parsons and Mike Cox, both previously Associates at C+S, have been appointed as Board Directors as part of wider strategy to structure the business for further growth. Childs+Sulzmann is established as one of the leading architectural practices in Bristol over the last 20 years .. more

Childs+Sulzmann board directors Matt Parsons and Mike Cox | click here for more
19 October 2016

Our towns and cities are making people ill!

It is estimated that a massive 47% of illness is connected to living conditions. This means that the homes in which people live and the towns and cities in which these homes are located are contributing to the poor health of the nation. This is a shocking statistic and one that cannot be ignored by anyone involved in the creation and management of the built environment .. more

Towns and cities are making  people ill | click here for more
04 October 2016

Enthusiastic response to Childs+Sulzmann designs for Windmill Hill City Farm expansion

New plans to expand Windmill Hill City Farm’s facilities were unveiled at the farm’s recent 40th birthday celebrations and received an enthusiastic response from staff and visitors alike .. more

Windmill Hill City Farm expansion development | click here for more
03 October 2016

First phase of New Forest Hotel development complete

The first phase of the development of a luxury hotel, originally a 17th century hunting lodge, located in the middle of the New Forest has been completed.

Following extensive engagement with the The New Forest National Park Authority Childs+Sulzmann obtained consent for an additional 36 new rooms .. more

New Forest Hotel development | click here for more
28 September 2016

Childs+Sulzmann
Establish Cardiff Base

In response to emerging opportunities in Wales, Childs+Sulzmann Architects have established a base at the Tramshed Tech in Cardiff. The strategic decision to set up in Cardiff has been taken to enable C+S to develop their relationships with existing clients in Wales and to build on substantial new opportunities .. more

Childs+Sulzmann Architects new office, Tramshed Tech in Cardiff | click here for more
26 September 2016

Bristol's Architecture Centre appoints Nick Childs new Chair of Trustees

Nick Childs, Design Director of Childs+Sulzmann Architects, has been selected as the new Chair of Trustees following an open selection process.  The appointment comes at a significant time in the organisation’s history as it marks its 20th anniversary with a programme of activities to celebrate its achievements .. more

Nick Childs | click here for more
21 July 2016

'Transformed' leisure and fitness facilities now
officially opened

Residents of Dursley in the Stroud district of Gloucestershire have seen the official opening of their new leisure centre facilities in the heart of the town just nine months after the project started .. more

Dursley Leisure Centre | click here for more
28 June 2016

Plans submitted for
£9m development of
Thornbury Castle

An application for planning and listed building consent has been submitted for an extension to Thornbury Castle, just north of Bristol. Thornbury Castle, built during the reign of Henry VIII and the last Tudor castle in England, was originally converted for use as a hotel in the 1960s, and bought by current owners, Luxury Family Hotels, in 2011 .. more

Photography by Craig Aukland/Fotohaus | click here for more
15 June 2016

Duke of Westminster’s property company visits Bristol

It was a great pleasure recently to host a visit to Bristol by Grosvenor Estates, the company headed by the Duke of Westminster that represents all the business activities of the Grosvenor Family.

Their mission was to find out what makes the city such a great place .. more

Trump / Boris mural Bristol #INFORTHIS? | click here for more
15 June 2016

Colston Tower’s completed refurbishment proves the value of older buildings

For a long time we’ve underestimated the value of some of our mid-20th century buildings. Unloved concrete buildings have been perceived as having no value and as a result valuable building stock has been demolished to be replaced with new .. more

Colston Tower’s completed refurbishment | click here for more
08 June 2016

Childs+Sulzmann Win Award for Design Excellence on School Project

Childs+Sulzmann are delighted to have received a Design Award for their work on Colston’s Primary School in Cotham, Bristol.

The Design Awards, presented by Bristol Civic Society, recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment through excellence of design.

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Future Lab, Pervassive Media, Watershed, Bristol | click here for more
11 May 2016

Offices must evolve to meet changing expectations

There is a lot of discussion at the moment about new kinds of workspace. What happened in Shoreditch over recent years ago has inspired others all over the country to try to emulate the hipster environments to which every young creative business aspires .. more

Future Lab, Pervassive Media, Watershed, Bristol | click here for more
07 April 2016

There's still room in the roof!

Like many boutique hotels in historic buildings, Thornbury Castle could always use more rooms. This phenomenally successful hotel in what was the last Tudor Castle to be built in England sits in its own fabulous grounds, overlooking the Severn Estuary towards Wales .. more

Thornbury Castle, South Gloucestershire | click here for more
30 March 2016

It's huge! New Orangery at Deer Park far exceeds expectations

The wedding business is a vital part of the mix for most country house hotels. There seems to be an inexhaustable demand for beautiful venues for the ceremony and the reception, and we have just completed a real beauty!
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The Deer Park Country House Hotel, Devon | click here for more
30 March 2016

Why do we expect some of our most precious cultural institutions to occupy such difficult built environments?  And what can we do about it?

It’s been true for a long time that many arts organisations such as galleries, art house cinemas and performance spaces find themselves in grotty vacant buildings. This I suppose is not surprising given that they are available and cheap .. more

Watershed Cafe / Bar, Bristol | click here for more
02 March 2016

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Bath University Innovation Centre development

Childs+Sulzmann Architects have been appointed by Bath University to create a new and exciting workspace within the University’s Carpenter House Innovation Centre in Bath .. more

Carpenter House Innovation Centre in Bath | click here for more
24 February 2016

New energy efficient kitchen doubles productivity and halves energy costs!

An energy audit of the Bristol’s Cultural cinema and digital creativity centre, the Watershed, produced some surprising results. The heaviest energy user in the centre, was not, as might be supposed, the heating and ventilating system, but the kitchen .. more

Bristol positioned for further growth | click here for the full story
12 February 2016

Bristol positioned
for further growth

Last month Bristol was named in a national report as one of the top ten towns and cities in the UK for productivity, growth, entrepreneurship, education, sustainability and rising affluence.

This is great recognition, and follows other accolades which have highlighted Bristol’s uniqueness as a centre for creativity and innovation .. more

Bristol positioned for further growth | click here for the full story
12 February 2016

Planning granted
for restoration of
Tewkesbury Park Hotel

Plans for a £6m restoration and reconfiguration scheme to provide new facilities at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Gloucestershire have been granted planning approval .. more

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Thornbury Castle | click for more
13 January 2016

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Thornbury Castle

Childs+Sulzmann architects have been appointed to design the next phase of investment in the luxurious Thornbury Castle Hotel.

Sometimes referred to as the last Tudor castle in England the castle, dating from 1512, once hosted Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn on their honeymoon .. more

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Thornbury Castle | click for more
06 January 2016

Childs+Sulzmann bring a
touch of glass to Hyde Park apartments!

Childs+Sulzmann have been commissioned to refurbish and upgrade a building housing 13 apartments overlooking Hyde Park in London.

No 1 Hyde Park Street is a highly desirable address in a prime location owned by a group of wealthy clients who have recently bought the freehold of the building from the Church Commissioners.  They now wish to upgrade the building to be as glamorous as you would expect in this part of town .. more

Childs+Sulzmann bring a touch of glass to Hyde Park apartments!  | click for more
16 December 2015

Listed building planning approval a no go? Never say never say Childs+Sulzmann!

A Georgian country house wedding venue set in 80 acres of Devonshire countryside has won approval to build an orangery on the side of a Grade II listed building. For years Deer Park Country House Hotel in Honiton, Devon, used a temporary structure in its grounds as a venue to host weddings and other events .. more

Listed building planning approval a no go? Never say never say Childs+Sulzmann! | click for more
01 December 2015

Childs+Sulzmann celebrate 21st Anniversary

Over 150 guests gathered to mark the 21st Anniversary of Childs+Sulzmann’s architectural practice in the Watershed, Bristol, last night.

Nick Childs and Peter Sulzmann, the founding partners of the practice, welcomed clients, friends, and partners with whom they have worked over the last two decades, to celebrate the occasion .. more

Childs+Sulzmann celebrate 21st Anniversary | click for more
01 December 2015

English Heritage appoints Childs+Sulzmann to Dover Castle

Childs+Sulzmann have been appointed to a once in a lifetime project to develop part of Dover Castle, one of the oldest castles in England.

Constable’s Gate, built in the 13th century for the constable, the official in charge of the castle, is to be converted to a hospitality venue. .. more

English Heritage appoints Childs+Sulzmann to Dover Castle | click for more
01 December 2015

Turner prize nominee designs play space for Bristol primary school

London-based design collective, Assemble, who worked on the extension of Colston’s Primary School in Bristol, have been nominated for this year's Turner Prize .. more

Turner prize nominee designs play space for Bristol primary school
18 November 2015

Gloucestershire University appoints Childs+Sulzmann for next phase of Growth Hub

Childs+Sulzmann Architects have been appointed by the University of Gloucestershire to help them draw up a brief for the expansion of their business incubator space .. more

Gloucestershire University appoints Childs+Sulzmann for next phase of Growth Hub | click for more
18 November 2015

Childs+Sulzmann Appointed to Phase 2 of Bristol's ground-breaking incubator hub

Following the successful launch in December 2013 of Engine Shed, Bristol’s innovative incubator hub for hi-tech, creative and low-carbon businesses next to Temple Meads, Childs+Sulzmann architects have been appointed to develop the brief for the next phase, Engine Shed 2 .. more

Childs+Sulzmann Appointed to Phase 2 of Bristol's ground-breaking incubator hub | click for more
04 November 2015

The Country Life – The growth of the Country House Hotel Sector

The country house hotel sector was once a niche market. But this ever-growing sector is now hugely popular. Here Nick Childs, Hospitality Experts member and founding partner of Childs + Sulzmann Architects, gives his thoughts on what’s trending in the Country House Hotel Sector .. more

The Country Life – The growth of the Country House Hotel Sector | click for more
04 November 2015

How do you design a luxury hotel that can still accommodate young families?

This and other questions were answered by Nick Childs, founding partner of Childs+Sulzmann Architects in an interview at the recent Independent Hotel Owners Show in London. See the full interview here .. more

Nick Childs Video Interview | click for more
20 October 2015

Learning from Shoreditch?

It is easy to imagine that all current thinking about hi-tech start-ups and innovation stems from somewhere around the Old Street roundabout, Islington.  Not at all. 

It’s true that ‘Silicon Roundabout’, the technology cluster with its locus in Shoreditch, is the third-largest technology start-up cluster in the world after San Francisco and New York City, but the story does not end there by any means .. more

'Brand New Tech Start-Up Hub on the Quayside in Hull | click for more
07 October 2015

Refurbishment started on Iconic Bristol Office Tower

Architects Childs+Sulzmann, themselves one of the buildings 28 occupants, were appointed by London developers Resolution Property to transform the 1970s building, into a vibrant, dynamic, contemporary working environment with flexible working space to suit growing entrepreneurial businesses .. more

Colston Tower Refurbishment | click for more
24 September 2015

First offices craned in at Temple Meads ‘Boxworks’ for incubator businesses

The first of 20 containers which will form a temporary work space for developing young businesses in the heart of the Temple Meads area of Bristol have been craned into place
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Temple Meads Boxworks | click for more
24 September 2015

Colston Primary welcomes first pupils to new Early Years annexe

The new term at Colston Primary in Bristol has welcomed the first pupils to a brand new Early Years centre that will add much needed capacity to the school through the addition of 6 new classrooms, a new multi-purpose hall, a purpose built kitchen and a specially designed green play space .. more

Colston's Primary School | click for more
24 September 2015

How to plan a great plaza

There’s much debate about how to properly build a town square – from considering the buildings nearby to beautification and sometimes a bit of defensive architecture too. But it is important to take a step back and understand how powerful a square can be. Nick Childs, founding partner of Childs & Sulzmann, tells us how the design of the square evolved through the years .. more

The Urbanist | click for more
26 August 2015

Luxury family hotel
Fowey Hall recognised in Telegraph's Top Ten

Fowey Hall, one of the very first hotels in the country to be developed specifically as child friendly luxury accommodation a decade ago, has been listed in the Telegraph’s Top Ten Family-Friendly hotels in Cornwall .. more

Fowey Hall
07 August 2015

What makes a great place?

The way we live in cities is changing. The rise in the development of student accommodation, the change of use of commercial buildings to residential, changes in the economic climate, growth in start-up businesses and the modal shift from car to bicycle have all contributed to a change in our urban dynamic .. more

The Custard Factory, Birmingham, a 2015 Finalist
31 July 2015

Planning submitted for promised restoration of Tewkesbury Park

An application for a major re-configuration of the Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club, in Gloucestershire has been submitted following a public consultation, the culmination of 6 months preparation .. more

Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club - 31 July 2015
24 July 2015

Nick Childs Recognised
as Hospitality Expert

In recognition of his depth of experience and knowledge of the commercial development of hospitality venues, Nick Childs has been invited to join leading lights from all areas of the hospitality industry to form a new advice and support business network, Hospitality Experts .. more

Nick Childs Hospitality Expert - 24 July 2015
20 July 2015

Scheme to transform leisure centre underway

A local authority swimming pool in the Stroud district of Gloucestershire will be transformed into a leisure centre comparable with the best facilities in the private sector under a new scheme due to start on site within the next few weeks .. more

Dursley Leisure Centre - 20 July 2015
18 July 2015

How to secure planning in the country house sector

If you are looking to develop a listed building for use as a hotel, or your existing hotel is a listed building and you want to make substantial improvements, planning permission can be one of the most serious obstacles in the process .. more

Hotel Owner - 18 July 2015
30 June 2015

Plans approved for landmark building that will 'lift Bristol centre'

Planning consent has been received for a scheme which will see the iconic Colston Tower building, an integral part of the Bristol centre skyline, re-styled and upgraded to make it stand again as a contemporary landmark for the city .. more

Colston Tower - 30 June 2015
15 June 2015

Temple Meads Container Office Space Scheme Wins Consent

An innovative scheme to create temporary work space for developing young businesses in the heart of the Temple Meads area of Bristol has been granted planning permission .. more

Temple Meads - June 2015
15 June 2015

Hospitality and heritage expertise sought for regal venue

Faced with the challenge of having to generate income from the historic assets for which it is responsible, Historic England consulted Childs+Sulzmann about how best to develop the historic Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to increase revenue .. more

Clevedon Hall - June 2015
15 January 2015

Clevedon Hall

Newly refurbished Clevedon Hall Hotel is rated 5* for customer experience by its first guests. We have successfully completed the conversion of this Grade II* listed building to accommodate 25 new luxury hotel suites .. more

Clevedon Hall - January 2015