Paramount Group of Hotels chose Fileturn to carry out a full programme of works over two years to restore the 15th Century Walton Hall to its former glory.
Fileturn applied its attention to detail and understanding of conservation projects to retain and restore the hotel’s original features and provide modern amenities to English Heritage-approved standards.
Fileturn’s expert craftsmen carefully replicated every detail of Walton Hall’s ornate interior design, including over 30 different moulds on the ceiling cornicing. The reception floor tiles were meticulously hand painted to make sure the colour and technique perfectly matched the original.
Fileturn produced custom-made walnut furniture and fittings for the bedrooms and public areas and sourced authentic period-design materials for brickwork, stonework, windows and ironmongery.
Air conditioning was introduced throughout the hotel with pipes concealed behind walls and underneath floors. The walls were replastered in traditional lime and horsehair plaster for historical accuracy. Each element of the work was planned carefully with English Heritage to make sure the building’s original features were protected and enhanced.
Fileturn refurbished the hotel’s bedrooms to create 37 premium rooms and suites, complete with the latest audio-visual technology and luxury bathrooms with underfloor heating and state of the art fittings.
Fileturn worked hard to minimise any inconvenience to clients of the hotel, which remained open during the refurbishment. The schedule was adapted to accommodate key bookings, such as completing the work on the main building in a challenging timeframe to ensure it was ready for the launch of the new Audi A5 car which was being held at Walton Hall with media and dignitaries attending.
Allan Munro-Faure, Property Director for Paramount Hotels Group parent Dawnay Day, commented:
“Fileturn are proactive in fitting their work around the busy schedule of a working hotel and also understand the importance of achieving completion dates. In particular they are able to bring their wide resourcing ability and ideas to the fore to work together with the design team to create the high quality of product that these projects demand.”