Esplanade lights up Llandudno

21 Aug 2015
Posted by Croft Goode

Esplanade lights up Llandudno

A Grade II listed hotel on the Welsh coast in Llandudno has been fully restored to its past glory with excellent disabled facilities both inside and out, thanks to designs by Croft Goode.

The Esplanade Hotel, part of the Conwy Conservation area in Llandudno, originally opened as a hotel in the 1920s as a combination of five Victorian town houses and was run by different generations of the same family until passing into the ownership of Safehands Care in 2013 – the company who first approached Croft Goode about plans to renovate the entire building.

The goal was to restore the hotel to being not just pleasant and welcoming, but safe and accessible to all disabled visitors, their carers, and their families. Croft Goode therefore pulled on all their experience of working within the healthcare sector to create innovative designs specifically tailored to disabled users.

The Esplanade was fitted with new ramps at both the front and rear entrances, with railings re-installed leading up towards the front main entrance. A new access core designed to be in keeping with the existing build, but with a contemporary glazed wall elevation, was also fitted to the back of the building.

On the inside, a ‘Changing Places Toilet’ was incorporated into the ground floor layout to provide spacious, fully accessible toilet facilities for visitors and the wider disabled public, and general circulation of the building was improved to cater for current fire escape standards. Many bedrooms were also reconfigured with 55 of the original rooms knocked through to create 40 larger bedrooms, allowing for disabled-sized bathrooms and extra space for carers and relatives.

All works were sensitively undertaken so as not to disturb the fabric of The Esplanade which has now been Grade II listed for almost 30 years. The £3m scheme allowed all parts of the hotel to made fully fit for purpose in terms of both appearance and function, to once again sit proudly in its promenade location on Llandudno Bay.

Paul Manning, managing director at Safehands Care, could only speak positively about what was achieved with The Esplanade in such a short space of time. He said: “Converting a listed building into a hotel that specifically caters for disabled people is no mean task. Our vision was to retain the character of the building, whilst providing a modern ambience once you stepped through the door. We liaised with Croft Goode to understand the issues we would face as the project progressed, and how to sympathetically restore the property while providing cutting-edge assistive technology for disabled visitors and guests.

We are immensely proud of what we have achieved. The craftsmanship that has gone into this renovation project has been well considered to create, what we believe, is disabled hotel accommodation that is second to none in the UK.”