JAA are pleased to announce that the Oakdene Hotel has been granted planning permission by unanimous decision at Committee.
The hotel is located one mile east of Wrotham, Kent and between the M20 and M26 motorways. The part two, part three storey structure replaces the Oakdene roadside café. The 76 room hotel is accompanied by an on site restaurant capable of seating 190 and a range of business suites and conference rooms.
The restrictive site posed a number of issues due to its rear boundary bordering the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the restrictive width and the small-scale domestic adjacent buildings. The solution was to form a ‘C’ shaped plan that maximised the surface to area ratio of the plan allowing for an increase in room numbers with extensive natural light and views. The landscaping to the rear of the site enhances the AONB whilst the green roofs and courtyards improve local biodiversity. The centrally located courtyard features a fully green wall with stone window surrounds penetrating the foliage. The hotel is conceived as three separate volumes; the main three-storey volume clad in a perforated gold cladding, and the two timber clad two storey volumes which step down to the adjacent bungalow. The contrasting materials reduces the overall scale and bulk of the building whilst the perforated metal cladding creates a homogeneous volume, only offering its secret at night when internal lighting defines the rhythm of the fenestration behind. The metal and timber volumes sit atop a fully glazed ground floor level with a mixture of frosted glass planks and clear glazing selected in order provide both views and a soft glow at night.
The quality of layout, detailed design and environmental benefits resulted in the hotel being approved unanimously at Committee, a great feat considering the challenging site constraints.
It is anticipated the project will begin on site in the Autumn.
Hotel: 76 Rooms – 2007m2
Business Suites: 275m2
Conference Rooms: 310m2