This scheme is a restoration and re-use of the existing collection of buildings which make up Bush Hall, with the addition of two new spaces: a new link building which will be the new Dining Room, and a new standalone Function room. The group of buildings will re-open as a new Hotel and Restaurant sitting alongside the River Lea tributary.
Bush Hall appears on the 1766 Dury Andrews map as a U-shaped symmetrical house with a small – possibly earlier barn or remains of a long house – to the east. This older portion still reads as a virtually separate building within the current arrangement. It is a Grade 2 Listed Building – though one which had suffered various forms of decay since it became empty on 2009.
The layers of c20th linings and additions have been removed during a painstaking renovation and the original character and fabric revealed both internally and externally. The buildings are presented in the accompanying photographs in their shell state: this is work in progress and is due to complete early in 2024.
The new Dining Room links Bush Hall and its Coach House with a new ‘open’ kitchen, while the ground floor of the Coach House provides all the back of house facilities. The dining space is a clear open span opening up to the meadow and with a riverside terrace alongside.
The new Function Room is a steel and timber framed new building replacing an existing structure and also sits alongside the River. On its west side will be a new enclosed garden which will respond to the formality of Bush Hall and be an important space in its own right.
The new buildings use a palette of materials including glass, timber cladding and zinc roofing which contrast and complement the existing brick buildings of the Hall and Coach House: modern additions that remains distinct from the older buildings.
Many thanks to VM Zinc and Paul Kozlowski for the drone photos.
Gascoyne Cecil Estates and Oakman Group