Revitalise is a national charity providing respite care in a holiday setting for people with disabilities and carers. With 3 accessible holiday centres in the UK operating successfully, Revitalise were looking for a fourth site within the West Midlands to fill a gap in the market.
Appointed by the client, One Creative Environments Ltd. (One) were asked to deliver a feasibility report to RIBA Stage 2, (including architecture, landscape, structural, building services and costings) to rejuvenate an unused and listed manor house into a flagship holiday destination and showcase the prospects Ombersley Court could bring.
A rare Grade I Georgian country house and grounds, Ombersley Court had been selected as a potential location for Revitalise to house what would be their flagship holiday retreat. Vacant for some time and dating back to the 17th Century, One produced a promotional document to guide the client’s decision to purchase the property and the opportunities available.
Desktop research into the history of the estate, site visits and walkovers, analysis plans, movement and circulation analysis and spacial zoning were all part of the design process to deliver a conceptual site masterplan.
Taking into account the high conservation considerations, a sensitive design was created which restored the main estate, including a new extension and offered a solution to link the main house with the adjacent large stable block area. The design provided 74 bedrooms, staff/ carer accommodation, communal activity areas, spa and re-landscaping to incorporate outdoor leisure space. Full accessibility throughout was paramount to the design.
The detailed plan and break-down of the next steps involved in the design process were fully outlined giving the Board of Trustees confidence that One would deliver the challenging project.