The Old Palace
Acting on behalf Sanguine Hospitality, HOW Planning has secured full planning approval for the redevelopment of The Old Palace in Chester city centre.
Cheshire West & Chester Council granted a change of use and listed building consent to convert the existing building from office use to an exclusive wedding and event venue set in high quality landscaped grounds.
Sanguine Hospitality is planning a major refurbishment project for the full-scale conversion of the building and the design team worked with Mel Morris Conservation to prepare the application which ensures a sympathetic conversion, bringing the vacant building back to life.
Plans include 24 luxury guest bedrooms and support facilities as well as car parking, goods service access and landscaped grounds with stunning views over the River Dee. Designed by Edge Architects, the work includes limited external alterations. A contemporary glazed extension to the western elevation will form part of a new function room with views of the City Walls and Roman Gardens.
Buildings of this nature only make up around 6% of all listed buildings in England, therefore, a highly detailed and sympathetic approach towards its restoration was needed, working in partnership with the Council and Historic England. Sanguine’s proposals sensitively fulfil this objective, protecting and enhancing its value whilst delivering a unique 5-star wedding venue for Chester.
The Old Palace, on Little St John’s Street, was originally built in 1745 for the Bishop of Chester and remained the main residence of future Bishops until the 1920s. Most recently it has been used as office accommodation but is currently unused and remains empty.