The Retreat, Tunbridge Wells

The Retreat was a former well-known 37 bedroom hotel comprising of 3 separate buildings dating back to the 1800s in the heart of Tunbridge Wells.

Red Key Concepts were appointed in 2021 as the Main Contractor to completely refurbish the development and form a mix of 19 (1,2 and 3 bedroom) high end, contemporary apartments to complement the local area and meet the housing demand in Tunbridge Wells.

The project has been an exceptionally involving one whereby the complete internal structure was carefully removed including the original staircase continuing over 5 floors, the replacement and refurbishment of the sash windows, and the full revitalisation of the existing roof.

The spec was to retain as many of the original features as possible, including the original stain glass in many of the feature windows along with the front elevation brickwork and balconies. It has also been possible to retain a majority of the mature planting and surrounding landscaping.

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If you are looking to mitigate risks in terms of delays or unexpected costs, the experience of Harwood Approved Inspectors ensures buildings are safe for their users by identifying non-compliant features and working with design teams and contractors so they can create real-world solutions to construction challenges.  With its Head Office in Kent, Harwood provides Approved Inspector building control services for commercial construction projects across England and Wales.  Our highly professional yet approachable approach and pragmatic attitude ensures the details that matter are taken care of.

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