University of Essex – Edge Hotel School
Refurbishment and faithful restoration works to the 18th Century Grade 2 listed Wivenhoe House, providing fine dining, private function areas and luxury suites. Also included as part of this contract is a 3,550 sq.m new build extension of 40 exclusive double bedrooms, restaurant and conference facilities to the Edge Hotel.
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Project Overview

The Edge Hotel project is a luxury 4-star country house hotel that provides world class hospitality training at the University of Essex.

The project involved the refurbishment and faithful restoration works to the 18th century Grade 2 listed Wivenhoe House to create a new 4-star 40-bedroom hotel.  The three-storey building is complete with traditional ornate plastered ceilings, lathe and plastered walls and ornate joinery finishes in areas.  The works included the demolition of a 1970’s bedroom wing and the construction of a new build extension with 28 exclusive double bedrooms, restaurant and conference facilities, and associated landscaping.

The conservation works required close liaison with English Heritage to agree the extent of the refurbishment works, methods of protection for listed features, and methods of restoration for existing damaged elements of the building. 

All works were carried out within the live university campus and the project received a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Key Features

  • Large-scale Grade 2 listed refurbishment and faithful restoration project of the three-storey 1,870m² Wivenhoe House to provide fine dining, private function areas, luxury suites, and support accommodation
  • Major restoration of stonework, brickwork, joinery, glazing, roofing, trusses etc.
  • Restoration of feature metalwork, ceilings, staircase and lift shaft
University of Essex
Project Team
University of Essex
Bond Bryan Architects
Quantity Surveyor:
Structural Engineer:
Sinclair Knight Merz
M&E Consultant:
Couch Perry & Wilkes
Project Details
Contract Value:
€9.5 Million
Floor Area:
14 months
Essex, UK