As part of the prestigious Hotel & Conference Centre development, Glancy Nicholls Architects were appointed onto the refurbishment of Garth House as part of the wider scheme.
The Grade II* Listed building of Arts and Crafts building plays a key and iconic part of the prestigious Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre development. Constructed in 1901, Garth House was one of only 5 residential dwellings designed by William Bidlake and is the largest of the collection.
It has been restored to enhance its unique identity and character, whilst remaining sympathetic to the surrounding environment which forms part of the Edgbaston Conservation Area. Care and consideration has been given to its subtle details, with extensive historic repairs to its grand interiors such as the renovation of the original wood panelling and plasterwork detailing, replacement of stained-glass windows and the exposure of fascinating historic details, such as an original cast iron horse trough in the coach house. Significant external fabric repair works have also facilitated the removal of some modern interventions and correction of modern construction works, emphasising its impressive façade and style as a true jewel in the conservation area.
The interiors comprise an impressive entrance hall and 3 ground floor seminar and conferencing rooms, supported by staff and back of house areas. The staff areas have been allocated into the historic back of house areas within the residential footplate and bring back into use the coach house which was previously under utilised. The first and second floors contain 7 luxury hotel rooms, each accentuating the grandeur and simplicity of Garth House’s impressive proportions and outlook, while focusing in on small details within the interior finishes, detailing and furniture to highlight the Arts and Crafts period in which it was developed.
“Garth House is a Grade II* listed Arts and Crafts building that had many adaptions over its life. The conservation work has turned Garth House into a 5* boutique hotel, reinstated very close to its original layout giving back its unique atmosphere and heritage option to guests and a very special well-preserved asset to the University.”
– Andy Stone, University of Birmingham.