This 175 bed themed hotel was the first that we designed for Alton Towers. Guests arrive thinking that they are at ground level and then realise that they are at the edge of an atrium two floors up. The hotel is the notional home of an explorer called Sir Algernon and his flying machine sits where he landed it, in the atrium. Looking across the atrium, beyond the flying machine, they see the water garden and the edge of the woods that descend to the River Churnet below.

Over one million cubic feet of rock was blasted out to create the water garden. The excavated stone was used for landscape details including rock retaining walls. Special benches were made to complement the setting.

A south facing terrace has been created overlooking the new lake where “fossils” have been carved in the local stone. The building won the English Tourist Board hotel of the year.

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