Rudding Park Hotel Extension

Client: Henry Boot

Value: £1.8 million
Location: Harrogate
Contract Period: 46 Weeks
Contract Type: Bespoke


Howard Civil Engineering were pleased to support Henry Boot in the delivery of this unique highly specified project; an extension to one of the North’s leading hotels.

The works consisted of the construction of a new spa and hotel extension to the Grade 1 listed historic Rudding Park Hotel nestled within an eighteenth-century Repton landscape.

Green roofs, green walls and roof gardens all formed an integral part of the landscape scheme to preserve the integrity of the historic landscape yet satisfy the commercial aspirations of the proposals.

The new spa, featuring a seventeen-metre-long swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, thermal rooms, treatment rooms, an additional restaurant, and shops, took fourteen months to build. The swimming pool area boasts a glass wall enabling guests to take in the breath-taking views of the rolling countryside surrounding the hotel.

Prior to award, our client paid several visits to our Yeadon site, another reinforced concrete frame for Henry Boot, to assure themselves that they had chosen the right partners for this prestigious project.

Scope of works

  • A surprisingly complex building on three levels with multiple split levels to incorporate the two pools and associated plant and equipment
  • Early Contractor Involvement – Howard supported Henry Boot at tender stage to develop the programme to take consideration of the multiple split levels and the detail incorporated into the reinforced concrete frame design to facilitate the mechanical installations, waterproofing and further precast concrete sections
  • Extensive falsework design to form split level soffits above split level floor slabs
  • Existing hotel and estate wide facilities to remain fully operational throughout the duration of the project which constrained the choice of crane which had to be lowered out of sight during planned events, wedding etc
  • Bulk phased excavation to form the basement and swimming pools at various levels
  • Basement foundations, slabs, walls, columns, reinforced concrete frame approx 2,000m³ reinforced concrete built over three split levels
  • Welded membrane waterproofing to pool structures

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