Greendale Construction start major works on historic Wareham hotel, The Priory.

Greendale Construction Limited has commenced work on an extensive £580k, 30 week build and refurbishment project on The Priory, Wareham, which will see the historic riverside hotel updated and transformed by spring 2017.

The Dorset chartered builders will be constructing a new restaurant at the Grade 2 listed hotel, creating 60 covers, as well as a new kitchen, preparation and servery. The new restaurant will be a modern single storey open-plan structure on Purbeck stone plinths with clay roof tiles running at a 90 degree angle to the main building down towards the river Frome. The oak roof trusses will create a vaulted ceiling with oak clad weatherboard walls and large glazed areas onto covered walkways.

Greendale Construction and the design team are working very closely with the listed building and planning departments as well as an arboriculturist, to ensure the new extension does not damage existing flora and fauna, or the historic remains of the priory.

Managing partner of The Priory, Jeremy Merchant, said: “Choosing a contractor with a proven ability to build sympathetically, and to take into account the historic and aesthetic considerations that a build such as this requires was paramount to us.  Greendale ticked all those boxes and more, and we are very much looking forward to seeing this project progress.  The result will be hugely beneficial to all our guests and to Wareham and Purbecks as a whole with the new and repeat visitors to the area.

Greendale Construction director, Rob Hooker, said: “We are delighted that Greendale Construction has been chosen as main contractors to build a stunning new restaurant and kitchen extension at this beautiful and historic hotel. We look forward to working closely with the hotel and the design team to deliver the new facilities next Spring.”

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