Oxford boutique hotel to get four star upgrade

Imagery courtesy of Blink and Riach Architects.
UK-based independent hotelier KE Hotels will be overhauling its property in Oxford to become a four star boutique hotel.

Currently a three star site set in a leafy north Oxford suburb, Linton Lodge Hotel has now received planning permission to increase its capacity from 87 to 123 keys.

Edwardian extension

The property is formed of two converted and extended Edwardian houses and is geared towards both tourists and business travellers. 

Plans for the boutique upgrade are aimed at creating a hotel that better meets the demands of the Oxford market.

Oxford undersupply

The university city’s hotel market is currently undersupplied, which is limiting the area’s tourism and business, as well as driving up the price of local accommodation. Over the next decade, it is estimated that at least 670 hotel rooms are needed to address the demand. 

The Linton Lodge Hotel project is intended to make an important contribution to meeting the need for accommodation and the hotel is forecast to generate an additional circa £2.1 million in gross value added to the local economy and around £1.7 million in visitor spending, as well as facilitating 15 new jobs and construction and supply chain positions. 

Sustainable replacement

The proposal removes and replaces out-of-date 1970s extensions with high-quality and sustainable new buildings to enhance the North Oxford Conservation Area, better revealing and restoring its green garden suburb character.

KE Hotels collaborated with an experienced project team, including Edgars, Riach Architects, Worlledge Associates Heritage Consultant, Mode Transport Planning, Nicholsons, Waterman, Ecology Solutions, EB7, Air & Acoustics Consultants and Avison Young to guide the design proposals through to approval via planning committee.

Modern standard

Anil Khanna, director, KE Hotels, commented: “I am delighted with the outcome of the planning decision. We worked very closely with Oxford City Council, with the assistance of Riach Architects and Edgars to provide a proposal that will allow us to bring Linton Lodge up to a very modern standard and ensure the hotel has a sustainable future as a high-end boutique hotel.

“The hotel is coming up to its 20th anniversary under our ownership and we’re excited to take this project forward.”