First look at Hatfield’s Bush Hall Hotel proposals in public exhibition

PUBLISHED: 11:08 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 28 November 2018

An artist's impression of the renovated Bush Hall in Hatfield. Picture: supplied

An artist's impression of the renovated Bush Hall in Hatfield. Picture: supplied

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Developers behind Hatfield’s Bush Hall will be holding a public exhibition of their plans for the long-dormant hotel.

Work being carried out on Bush Hall Hotel earlier this year. Picture: Danny LooWork being carried out on Bush Hall Hotel earlier this year. Picture: Danny Loo

A new collaboration has been agreed between owners Gascoyne Cecil Estates and hotelier chain Oakman Inns, and plans will be proposed to the council this week.

The hall has stood empty since 2011, and various planning proposals have been submitted to- and rejected by- Welwyn Hatfield Council in that time.

A former hospital, private house, school and hotel, the proposed restoration of Bush Hall comprises a hotel with 14 boutique rooms, a modern pub and restaurant with riverside terrace, and a standalone venue with formal gardens for weddings, family parties and corporate events.

Developers say that the project will create around 60 new jobs.

This Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1, Hatfield residents can quiz the architects and see plans and artists’ impressions at a public exhibition on the ground floor of York House in Salisbury Square, Old Hatfield.

The exhibition will be open between 4pm and 7pm on the Friday, and 10am to 2pm on the Saturday.

Peter Borg-Neal, CEO of the award-winning Oakman Inns, said he wants to be entirely transparent about their proposed plans for Bush Hall. He said: “We want visitors to leave comments and observations on the design, which we always find very helpful and which provide a useful focus for the management team when it comes to meeting their future customers’ expectations.

“Those comments have historically resulted in everything from car-charging points to the introduction of vegan dishes and they help to drive our standards ever higher.”

Work being carried out on Bush Hall Hotel earlier this year. Picture: Danny LooWork being carried out on Bush Hall Hotel earlier this year. Picture: Danny Loo

Malcolm Schooling, Oakman Inns’ property director said: “When you consider the wonderful history of Bush Hall, from Queen Elizabeth I to recent years, it has always stood out as a focal point for the community.

“For Bush Hall, we are balancing new contemporary architecture with the unique qualities and charm of the listed building, which will all be equipped with modern facilities to meet the needs of the 21st century.”

If planning permission were obtained, Oakman Inns would hope to open the venue in 2020.

The proposals are not yet available on Welwyn Hatfield Council’s planning portal.

Work on Bush Hall hotel continues. Picture: DANNY LOOWork on Bush Hall hotel continues. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Work on Bush Hall hotel continues. Picture: DANNY LOOWork on Bush Hall hotel continues. Picture: DANNY LOO

Work on Bush Hall hotel continues. Picture: DANNY LOOWork on Bush Hall hotel continues. Picture: DANNY LOO

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