Aragon Boutique Hotel – Eco-Chic Restaurants
We were approached by a past client to compile a feasibility study demonstrating the potential of a Grade II listed public house on New Kings Road, Fulham to be converted into a ’boutique hotel’ with fine dining restaurant. Aragon House has a long history and attained its name, as it was once the site of dower house belonging to Queen Katherine of Aragon, the Spanish princess who married Henry VIII in 1509. Due to the listed status of the building there were several limitations on major alterations that could be made to the existing building fabric – the facade, ornate central staircase and fireplaces have protected status and required careful research and consideration within our proposed schemes.
The current floor-plate totaled 975 sq.m, consisting of a public bar, private members bar and function rooms with landlord accommodation and two residential flats to the upper floors.
Our clients business plan proposed the change-of-use to a 20 bed ’boutique hotel’ to the upper floors with the lower floors housing a fine-dining restaurant, function rooms / event spaces, public bar as well as a central lift core linking all floors to meet current regulations. To the rear of the building the basement floor would be extended to create additional space for the kitchen, back-of house storage and management offices. It was also proposed to extend the ground floor by infilling between the existing building and the high perimeter wall that wraps around the site boundary to the west housing the restaurant overlooking the picturesque walled garden to the rear.
deDraft were commissioned to undertake a feasibility study to analyse the potential for these works and present our findings to potential investors.