The magnificent Grade II Grantley Hall in Yorkshire opened in the summer of 2019 as one of the UK’s most luxurious hotels and spas after decades of misuse and neglect. Surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside, 17th century Grantley Hall is set on an artificial island created by the canalisation of the River Skell in Ripon.
The renovation was inspired by its original country house grandeur, and while the original building has been retained and restored, it has been joined by two sympathetic new buildings: a new spa building and bedroom wing in a modern Georgian style.
The 5 Star Relais and Chateaux Grantley Hall won the Heritage Award at the 2020 RICS Yorkshire and Humber Social Impact Awards and also reached the national finals.
Winner of Winners Category – RIBA / GAI Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards – 2022
Winner of Commercial & Hospitality Category – RIBA / GAI Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards – 2022
This special project required Em-B’s expert ironmongers to exercise an extraordinary level of design care to integrate the older listed and modern parts of the hotel. As well as organising the hand restoration and renovation of existing historic hardware such as handles and hinges, Em-B carefully adapted hardware designs and finishes throughout the building to reflect different styles and functions. Antique brass and stainless steel were chosen where appropriate to ensure that the hardware scheme worked seamlessly across the piece.
What the architect said:
“The main challenge on this project for Em-B was to upgrade existing, heritage hardware to meet modern security, accessibility and sustainability standards, at the same time integrating that into a modern, Smart building with access control considerations and a whole new wing with new hardware throughout. The scheme they produced gives the hotel a consistent, quality design throughout and the client is delighted with how it is all working in a busy working hotel.”
Ruth Bush, Bowman Riley