ReardonSmith’s scheme for the redevelopment of The Belfry golf and leisure resort was granted planning consent in 2008. Key to the successful application was its sustainability credentials. A BREEAM assessment was carried out on each of the proposed new buildings and full environmental impact assessments were undertaken.

The scheme included a new energy centre, which would deliver 10% of the resort’s total energy demand through on-site renewables; a target 15% of heating and cooling was to be ground sourced. Biodiversity plans for the three golf courses, as well as green roofs and rainwater harvesting and recycling, formed part of the proposal, achieving a sustainable irrigation and drainage system across the resort. Hard standing was to be dramatically reduced by moving more than half the car parking underground and by locating, where practicable, new buildings on existing hard standing.

The design included a new 500-key hotel conceived as a low-rise contemporary building which, with just five guestroom floors, would be below the surrounding mature tree canopy. In addition, the scheme included a new driving range and PGA headquarters, a building to accommodate a national golf training academy and a new leisure complex. The famous Brabazon House façade was to be incorporated into the new Clubhouse overlooking the Brabazon course.

ClientQuinn Hotels
ProjectUp-grading of golf resort
LocationWarwickshire, UK
RSA RoleArchitect
OperatorDe Vere Hotels
Project StatusPlanning consent granted 2008