Slatters Hotel gets the green light

Guy Hollaway Architects are pleased to announce that last night saw Canterbury City Council vote in favour of planning consent for our proposed hotel and rooftop restaurant at the Slatters Hotel site in Canterbury.

Eleven members voted in favour of the development and one against. It was a unanimous vote for Listed building consent. The proposal is for a 130 bed hotel and roof-top restaurant which will command spectacular views over Canterbury's historic roof-scape and the City's Cathedral.

St Margaret's Church, located further along the street, has inspired the front facade. The Church was altered after construction in order to straighten the street, allowing carriages to pass. In the 1890s, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott skilfully masked the deformity left from previous works, resulting in an angled section to the road. These angled sections have inspired the form of the proposed elevation and the stone cladding has taken reference from the Cathedral itself.

The site is in a Conservation Area within the city walls and the project includes the restoration and refurbishment of two Listed buildings; forming part of the hotel. The design involves the complete restoration of two buildings, one of which is situated over a Roman theatre's remains. This will be exposed through glass apertures within the proposed foyer floor.

Currently standing in a poor state with structural damage, the medieval building and façade are to be restored as part of the development. Areas of archaeological interest lie within the site and extensive excavations will be undertaken and recorded as part of the project. This is a unique opportunity to bring back to life these two historic buildings and introduce a modern intervention inspired by the city's history.

Published on 21 August 2015

01) Internal view of the restaurant
02) External view from St. Margaret's Street
03) External view from St. Margaret's Street