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Holiday Inn


NMD designed the original 'Quality Hotel' at 53 Piccadilly, which has now been rebranded as the Holiday Inn in the centre of York

the site of a former wood yard was spotted by one of our visionary developers in York

we were approached early on to develop a design concept for realising the site - various options for the users within the building were explored with a fast flowing feasibility

at one point the idea was for a medical centre on the ground & first floor, with a shared access to a budget hotel

all through he process we worked with the Planning team at York City Council, developing a concept for the design that soon emerged at the final form

despite being a crisp contemporary interpretation of the pale brick Edwardian buildings around York & a full storey height higher than adjacent historic buildings, we were supported early on in the process giving the client the reassurance to invest

careful proportion of the main facade & detail around openings, expressing the circulation staircase on the main frontage all added visual excitement


we developed with Building Compliance agents a fire plan & escape format through the building, creating distinct safe zones with double lobbies & compartments that exceeded the norm

this actually saved an escape staircase from the build & reduced circulation space, which in turn added two further guest bedrooms to the footprint on each floor plate over 5 floors

we worked to remove any pointless detail and 'fiddly bits', this contained cost but also formed a building that created a timeless contribution to the streetscape & the historic tower gateway next door, one of the city entrances through York's famous iconic walls


we successfully steered an appeal through Planning & teamed up with a D&B team to deliver the project, with NMD retained as executive designers

to realise the concept through a turnkey build

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