Design features held to break hotelmass

A 114-bedroom hotel on a West Midlands business park has won approval from an inspector who decided that its basic oblong shape was acceptable because it incorporated two key design features.

The appellants proposed to connect the windows with vertical and horizontal tinted glazed panels to create a large-scale screen pattern on the building's elevations. The inspector agreed that this would avoid the monotony associated with ranks of regularly sized and spaced windows. He also found that towers at each end, one of which would be linked to a prominent rotunda entrance, would create a contrast between the flat roof and curved surfaces and add further interest.

In arriving at this view, he recognised that there was a wide variety of designs in the immediate area. He saw no reason why the building should mimic more traditional styles of buildings in the locality. More contemporary designs had been approved for other buildings on the business park, he observed.

DCS Number 100-050-412

Inspector Robert Yuille; Written representations.

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