New life in a city’s medieval passageways
The Guildhall and neighbouring Albion Chambers are part of the historic fabric of the old city. The listed buildings are being converted in Bristol’s first 5* hotel, with courtyard spaces, a rooftop garden and green walls.
During the day, medieval high-walled passageways linking main streets will be open to pedestrians leading them through the core of the hotel. When enclosed at night, threads of overhead lighting will transform the passage into a charismatic terrace for the hotel bar. Once forbidding high judiciary walls will be softened with vertical green planting.
Existing materials such as chunky cobbles, worn by carriage wheels, will be relaid as a decorative edge to new stone paving which will provide a safer footing and level areas for tables and chairs. At the other extreme of the building, a rooftop terrace will offer panoramic views from a bar and infinity pool.