John Highfield

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OVO Spaces brings 21st century luxury to historic Peak District hotel

SHEFFIELD commercial interior design and fit-out specialist OVO Spaces has completed work on a major refurbishment to the facilities at the historic Maynard Hotel in Grindleford.

The famous Peak District hotel and wedding venue, situated in the picturesque Hope Valley close to Chatsworth, was taken over in January 2020 by hotelier Rob Hattersley, of Longbow Bars and Restaurants. 

Since then the venue has undergone significant refurbishment, working through the COVID-19 pandemic to bring the hotel up to the standard required by a 21st century clientele.

Working closely with the OVO’s design team, a complete floor of the former staff quarters were earmarked for conversion and the design process began.

“Rob is an experienced operator with a history based in national and international venues,” said OVO Managing Director David Baldwin.

“Due to ever increasing demand, his hotel required a minimum of eight new double bedrooms to transform the luxury boutique hotel into a 20 double/twin bed business model.

“Commercial offices of all shapes and sizes are our mainstay - however, hotels have the same issues of compliance regarding fire safety, acoustics, ventilation, cooling/heating, drainage and life support systems. 

“What hotels do need are enhanced comfort levels and a different pallet of finishes but apart from this, offices and hotels have many aspects of construction in common.’’

“We worked closely with Longbow and their team at the Maynard Hotel on this exciting local project, which marked a major and exciting departure for everybody at OVO Spaces.”

Much of the work centred on the conversion to one of the two staff accommodation floors, which the owner recognised as available for revamp, so increasing guest comfort and quality of the bedroom suites. 

“Once the corridors, stairs and necessary service areas were taken into consideration,  the area left for the eight new suites represented a space planning challenge,” said David.

“There have been some innovative design solutions and careful consideration for the integration of new mechanical and electrical services within the area whilst maintaining the day to day operation of the hotel.” 

Based at Sheffield’s historic Victoria Quays, OVO Spaces is an award winning, one stop design and fit out specialist on projects for a wide range of leading companies, providing concept to conclusion building transformations for customers in the commercial, industrial, retail and public sectors.

Recent OVO Spaces projects include the transformation of the former Gilders car workshop on Ecclesall Road South into a stylish new office suite for city chartered accountants Brown McLeod.

The last year also saw the OVO team complete work on restoration and refurbishment of the seven story former Midland Bank building - Deacon House - in Eyre Street.

Other clients include HLM Architects, NMCN, Mencap, Medical Research Council PT and the development of the acclaimed Park Hill Commercial Units in Sheffield.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by John Highfield .

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