Tracy Park, Wick nr Bath

In 2004 the practice was appointed to masterplan the restoration and development of the 120hA Tracy Park estate with its large group of listed buildings, located near Bath in South Gloucestershire. The mansion and outbuildings, together with the parkland itself have been in operation as a golf club with a number of bedrooms for overnight accommodation for many years. There are two 18 hole golf courses of championship standard. The buildings however, many fallen into disuse and poor repair, did not provide the same quality for the guest as the courses do for the golfer.

All the buildings within the group are listed and the Park itself is set in the Green Belt. In planning, historic building and landscape terms, the site and our client’s aspirations for it are very sensitive and the process of obtaining approvals has been slow. However this is totally justified in that the completed masterplan will create not only a first class destination, but also a successful business enterprise to ensure the ongoing and future integrity of this fine historic park.

Up to the end of 2009 a complete refurbishment has been completed of the main house itself and its adjoining courtyards to provide 24 bedrooms and suites, two restaurants, a main function room and business meetings rooms. Work is underway on an additional eighteen bedrooms, with the new build golf club house and hotel reception and offices in a group of existing barns to be commenced later in 2010.

To complete the picture, negotiations are underway with the local planning authority for a 2,300m2 health and fitness spa and suites, to be built within a Grade II listed walled garden close to the main building group. The building will be wholly hidden from views from the park. The design style is very contemporary, using mainly natural and lightweight materials and featuring major alternative sustainable energy sources. The spa, a must for all destination hotels in today’s market, will enable the hotel to compete with other hotels in area all of which have such facilities already.

A new landscape masterplan was designed concurrent with that for the buildings, which on completion will create a cohesive layout for the enjoyment of hotel residents and day visitors alike. This already stunning historic location will be able to offer an outstanding quality of restored listed buildings, new build accommodation and facilities to make it one of the main attractions to the Avon valley.