Molineux Hotel, Wolverhampton

Donald Insall Associates carried out a major restoration project to stabilise and restore the fabric of this landmark Grade II* building. Originally built as a town house for the wealthy Molineux family, the building later became a hotel and the centrepiece of the town’s first public park. Fire ravaged the building in 2003 and it was subsequently placed on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register.

We made the building stable and weather-tight with a new roof. A late-19th century clock tower, which had been destroyed, was rebuilt on the evidence of historic photographs. The original staircase was reconstructed in new oak, incorporating surviving wainscot panels, handrails, newels and balusters. Rococo plaster enrichments and missing areas of oak panelling were restored in the principal rooms.

The project was funded by English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Advantage West Midlands, Wolverhampton City Council and the Wolverhampton Development Company.

Client
Wolverhampton City Council

Awards

  • Georgian Group Commendation (Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting)
  • LABC Built in Quality Award (West Midlands Region)
  • Green Apple Award
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