Commercial property

Trowbridge engineering company celebrates transformation of mansion to award-winning hotel

Written by Peter Davison.

Heckfield PlaceConsultant engineering company Clegg Associates has combined creative skill with technical expertise to provide structural engineering solutions for the award-winning Heckfield Place, an 18th Century Grade II Listed Georgian country house in Hampshire that is now a world-renowned luxury hotel.

Clegg Associates has been an essential part of the team behind a transformation that has seen an elegant and luxurious country house hotel emerge from a listed building in need of extensive restoration – the owners anticipated welcoming the first guests in 2012, and the hotel finally opened to guests in September last year.

Heckfield Place is increasingly recognised as one of the world’s finest hotels, winning awards and international recognition for the luxury and elegance that guests experience. Condé Nast Traveller called it "The UK's smartest country house hotel."

Beneath the surface of this unique venue are a multitude of innovative structural engineering solutions devised by Clegg Associates, transforming this historic property into a state-of-the-art hotel while retaining its original Georgian charm.

Mike Wingfield, director at Clegg Associates and Heckfield Place project lead, said: “We have been part of the Heckfield Place team since its inception in 2009 and our structural engineering expertise has been a key factor in the creation of a serene environment for hotel guests.

"Our engineering solutions have enabled the character of this Listed building to merge seamlessly with unique features such as an underground cinema, a state-of-the-art energy centre and modern spa facilities.”

Clegg Associates devised structural solutions to ensure alterations blended perfectly with the original building structure.

The resulting facilities are perfectly proportioned, providing guests with luxurious accommodation, space to relax and exercise and a tranquil outdoor environment, undisturbed by state-of-the-art operational solutions.

John Blair, Clegg Associates director, said: “We’re proud that our professional and client-centric approach has established a long-term partnership with Heckfield Place.

"Our involvement continues as additional features are provided for future guests at this world-leading venue, and we look forward to contributing our technical and creative engineering skills to maintain the aesthetically flawless experience for guests at this incredible hotel.”