Sheppard Robson receives approval for mixed-use hotel and retail project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 3 Jul 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based architecture firm Sheppard Robson has secured approval for a High Street development that will transform a retail site into a mixed-use hotel and retail project for investment manager Patrizia.

The five-storey building will feature a 150-room, four-star lifestyle hotel above flexible retail space.

The hotel will include a restaurant, bar, meeting and event spaces located around a new public courtyard that provides welcome new green space in this urban location.

The entrance of the hotel is located between the main building addressing High Street and a smaller restaurant building to the west of the site.

The development re-opens and improves the adjacent ginnel, a narrow pedestrian passage, which connects the new hotel courtyard with the high street.

Facing onto the high street, the retail space will cover an area of 985m². Space is sub-divided to provide space for multiple tenants and configurations.

Sheppard Robson partner Claire Haywood said: “We are living in a time when our cities, and how we design and inhabit them, is under intense scrutiny.

“Together with our partners Patrizia, we are pleased that this project engages with many pertinent themes: the future of shopping and how large retail sites can be rethought for a changing world; the value of high-quality public spaces to bring people together whilst not feeling confined; and, with the possibility of behavioural change on the horizon, the importance of flexible, mixed-use development that can adapt to changes ahead.”

The building’s top floor will be recessed, creating rooftop terraces for rooms while reducing the mass of the building to respect local building heights.

Sheppard Robson partner Dan Burr said: “The project offered the opportunity to make a positive architectural statement on a key site in Lincoln’s high street as it rises towards the cathedral.

“The architecture responds to both civic and vernacular settings through strong forms, hierarchized composition, vertical proportions and tactile qualities of the materials.”

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 The five-storey building will feature a 150-room, four-star lifestyle hotel above flexible retail space. (Credit: Sheppard Robson)

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