Nottingham Buildings

The De Vere Orchard Hotel & Conference Centre

Beeston Lane, Nottingham University Park

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This striking new hotel stands in the grounds of Nottingham University Park Campus just off of Beeston Lane and was opened in 2012.  It's design by the London firm of architects, RHWL Architects really makes the most of the contours of this beautiful parkland setting and I for one was very impressed by it.  It basically consists of two bedroom wings with a central hub.  The public space is enclosed by structural glass roof and an over-sailing timber canopy that defines the building and lifts it well above the average offering that we have come to expect for this type of structure. It's 20M cost was funded by the university and the hotel is operated by De Vere.  The main contractor was BAM Construction. 

The two Bramley Apple sculptures are by Hilary Cartmel who has her studio in north Nottinghamshire.  The Orchard / Apple theme comes from the fact that the hotel is build nearby the orchard of Bramley Apple trees that Professor Ted Cocking from the Department of Biology at the university cloned 20 years ago from the original 200 year old Bramley Apple tree.  That tree still survives in Southwell, Notts,

The hotel has been built to the highest environmental standards featuring state of the art technology to minimise carbon emissions including a green roof, photovoltaic panels, energy efficient lighting & ventilation systems, and ground source heat pumps

RHWL Architects were founded in the early 1960′s by Andrew Renton, Peter Howard, Humphrey Wood and Gerald Levin. 

On the same site and just across an internal road from the hotel stands The East Midlands Conference centre also operated by De Vere

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