Work at this iconic youth hostel tucked away in the Old Smugglers Cove posed logistical issues many thought were insurmountable! The hostel itself is set just off the beach with off-road vehicle access only possible for a few brief hours when the tide is out!
The project involved the construction of a new environmentally friendly timber frame building (Crows Nest), which provides sleeping accommodation for 50 guests along with toilet and changing facilities. PV panels, zinc roofing and air source heat pumps were some of the more interesting features on this timber clad building designed to reflect the local agricultural buildings in the surrounding areas.
The main mill building was also refurbished with new nautical themed “boat bar” and extensive external decking complete with sails and boat hull design. The YHA kitchen and self-catering kitchens were totally refitted and the new dining area was renovated. A new classroom area (Boat Shed) was also developed from the existing staff accommodation to provide an educational environment for visiting school and business users.
During the project Chapelgreen Contracts undertook additional works involving the development and refurbishment of staff sleeping areas and toilet refurbishments. After careful planning the works were still completed on time and on budget.
Since opening it has proved a huge success and it has received many rave reviews from a number of publications such as the Guardian and local press. It has also been nominated for the North West Design Awards.
“Chapelgreen provided an excellent service for what was an unusual scheme on a very challenging coastal site, delivering a quality building within time and budget constraints. ”
Rachael Oldroyd RIBA, Director, Just-H Architects