Sudbury House Faringdon Oxford

We were tasked with finding a way to link a new spa and gym to a Grade II* listed hotel with links to Faringdon Folly Tower, all set within a steeply sloping site.


The new accommodation was to be linked to the existing hotel, and to include a spa with changing rooms, infinity pool, plunge pool, treatment rooms, lounge and a gym to increase the hotel’s appeal for not only hotel guests but also the wider local population. In addition, 30 car parking spaces and cycle provision were also required.

Key Challenges and Successes on this project

  • The site is within the local conservation area.

  • The existing hotel is Grade II* listed.

  • The most appopriate position for the extension is set within a sloping site.

Procurement Route

Traditional Tender.

Service Provided

Concept Designs, planning application, discharging planning conditions, working drawing package.  

Design Process

The position of the link from the first floor of the existing hotel dictated the level of the new extension, which required the new building to be set within an existing bank.

There was sufficient space to keep all of the proposed accommodation on one level. This provided an opportunity to “cloak” the proposals within the bank using a flat green roof.

The façade fronting the road is fully glazed, framing wonderful views of the landscape beyond from the infinity pool and lounge areas.  

Our design seeks to create a feature of the stone/brickwork that was featured on the original listed building and which can also be found throughout the town of Faringdon.

Vehicular and pedestrian access was carefully considered to provide full access to the facilities for wheelchair users.   


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