Sectors - Hotels, Sports and Leisure

Rockliffe Hall Ltd, Huworth


Value   £45m
Size     15,500m²
Client   Rockliffe Hall Ltd

This stunning project involved the construction of a luxury 61 bed, five-star Hotel with new health club and spa facilities. The project included the upgrade of an existing Grade II listed building to form part of the Hotel, which features ten period bedrooms, each with individual characteristics; several large reception rooms including a cocktail bar and morning room, and the original Orangery, which has created a unique dining experience for up to 75 guests. A new Hotel Link was also created to provide a further 33 en-suite bedrooms, each with views over the parkland and golf course.  The ground floor rooms all have private outdoor gardens while the upper floor rooms have balconies. A further 12 ‘Apartels’ and 6 Apartments were constructed as free standing buildings close to the east end of the old hall. Full back-office and catering facilities are  contained within the Hotel, and an underground basement service corridor and plant and storage areas reduce the back-office footfall through public areas. A Spa and Well Being Centre are also located within the hotel. In addition, the complex is home to a championship 18-hole golf course, which includes a driving range and full practice facilities and a stunning new clubhouse. The course is almost 7,800 yards long, which will makes the longest course in Europe.

2010 – Construction Manager of the Year for Project Manager Neil Matthias
2009 & 2010 – Considerate Constructors Awards

The five-star hotel, situated near Darlington, has been ranked as the ninth most luxurious hotel in the world, as well as coming second on a national basis, ahead of world-famous hotels, such as The Ritz and Claridges.

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice allows millions of reviewers from around the world to decide which hotels will achieve this prestigious award.

Nick Holmes, Managing Director of Rockliffe Hall explained that it came as a “pleasant surprise… it’s very flattering and incredible to get your heard round. The hotels we are up against are very impressive.”

Neil Matthias, Shepherd’s project manager for the hotel , was awarded Construction Manager of the Year for his work on the scheme in 2010



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