SCHEME / LOCATION: Doubletree Hilton Hotel and Spa, Chester
CLIENT: HOW Planning
TG SERVICES: Arboriculture and Ecology
PARTNERS / OTHER CONSULTANTS INVOLVED: Falcon Chester Hall Architects /Muir Associates (UK) Limited Civil & Structural Engineers
Doubletree Hilton Hotel and Spa,
The hotel complex is located to the immediate east of theA41 Ring Road in the eastern suburb of Hoole, Chester. The hotel has developed around the grade II listed Hoole Hall. The Hall dates back to the 14th century; however, it was completely rebuilt in 1757 after being destroyed during the English Civil War. There have been no residential occupants since 1940, and the estate has seen many alterations since its conversion to a hotel in the 1980’s.
Evidence from the first OS map (dated 1875) shows that the hall had extended and a walled kitchen garden had been added to the east, containing a range of glasshouses and potting sheds. The land to the west of the hall had also been planted as parkland, with individual trees and small copses.
Tyler Grange provided landscape, ecology and arboricultural advice to the client as part of a strategic review of the estate which included an application to alter and expand the hotel. Given the Green Belt location (in addition to the historic context) it was important to set out a ‘landscape-led’ masterplan approach, within which the building proposals respond to the findings of the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) , Heritage Assessment, ecology assessments and tree assessment.
Tyler Grange also provided the client with formal advice on landscape and nature conservation
management (for the whole estate) as well as Great Crested Newt mitigation and anarboricultural method statement.