Molineux Hotel, Wolverhampton

Client: Wolverhampton City Council (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund & Advantage West Midlands)

Situated next to the Wolves football ground, the building was the home to the Molineux family before becoming an hotel in the 1870s. The hotel closed in 1979 and became derelict over the course of the next 25 years. A catastrophic fire in 2003 almost completely destroyed the building and it was at this point that the City Council purchased the property and set about restoring it.

We provided cost advice in support of a feasibility study to attract Heritage funding and a full QS service for the project. The work was carried out in two phases with repair of the fire damaged Grade II* listed former hotel in phase 1.

Phase 2 included conversion of the repaired shell to provide reading and study rooms, construction of the four storey City Archive Repository and laying out the formal gardens.

Commended by The Georgian Group in their 2009 awards in the category of Restoration of a Georgian building in an urban setting.

One of the ‘precious places’ featured by English Heritage in its publication Constructive Conservation in Practice.