Exclusive photos reveals extent of building work inside Cirencester's King's Head Hotel

Exclusive photos reveals extent of building work inside Cirencester's King's Head Hotel

Exclusive photos reveals extent of building work inside Cirencester's King's Head Hotel

Exclusive photos reveals extent of building work inside Cirencester's King's Head Hotel

Exclusive photos reveals extent of building work inside Cirencester's King's Head Hotel

Exclusive photos reveals extent of building work inside Cirencester's King's Head Hotel

Exclusive photos reveals extent of building work inside Cirencester's King's Head Hotel

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WITH only months to go before its grand reopening, the Standard has been given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of building work at the King’s Head Hotel.

The iconic hotel, which has been closed to the public since 2007, has been the subject of a £7million restoration project and is set to open its doors to the public in June.

While it currently resembles a construction site, developers have said that it will reopen with a new image, 45 individually designed bedrooms and a luxury spa and gym.

Stephen Mannock, the King’s Head’s general manager, said that building work has been slow paced in order to make sure things are done right.

“The last thing we wanted to do was to just create a bog standard hotel. There isn’t a definitive deadline. We’ve got a unique way of building where we can take our time and try different out different things until we get it right,” he said.

“We want to end up with a product that people wouldn’t expect. We just said let’s make sure we give Cirencester the best possible hotel.”

Excavations inside the hotel have thrown up a number of hidden artefacts, with the most notable being a Roman mosaic estimated to be 1,800 years old.

Other items such as Elizabethan shoes, pottery and old coins have also been unearthed by members of the 80-strong builders working onsite.

Mr Mannock threw cold water on rumours of an underground network of tunnels between the hotel and the Parish Church.

“We haven’t seen any yet. That’s not to say that they don’t exist, we just haven’t found them,” he said.

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8:43am Thu 6 Mar 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Is this a homage to the Fawlty Towers episode when Basil employs O'Reilly ?

"We want to end up with a product that people wouldn't expect" ....er, like an unfinished eyesore.
Is this a homage to the Fawlty Towers episode when Basil employs O'Reilly ? "We want to end up with a product that people wouldn't expect" ....er, like an unfinished eyesore. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: -10

9:47am Thu 6 Mar 14

Iansky says...

"Note to self" - don't ever even consider using this firm for any form of rennovation work - 7yrs and no doubt escalating costs.

If it has taken 7 yrs to get it right then they cannot be very good at what they do.

Scandalous!
"Note to self" - don't ever even consider using this firm for any form of rennovation work - 7yrs and no doubt escalating costs. If it has taken 7 yrs to get it right then they cannot be very good at what they do. Scandalous! Iansky
  • Score: -9

4:55pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Opening in June..... which year??? Looking at these photos only goes to prove what a shower these builders have been. They have had seven years to get to this point.....madness
Opening in June..... which year??? Looking at these photos only goes to prove what a shower these builders have been. They have had seven years to get to this point.....madness Geoff66
  • Score: -7

8:34am Fri 7 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

"Stephen Mannock, the King’s Head’s general manager, said that building work has been slow paced in order to make sure things are done right"

Whats wrong with working quickly and getting it right ........ on time and on budget??
"Stephen Mannock, the King’s Head’s general manager, said that building work has been slow paced in order to make sure things are done right" Whats wrong with working quickly and getting it right ........ on time and on budget?? Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: -2

3:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Col Mustard says...

"Having already set the record of erecting a 15-story building in one week, Chinese construction company Broad Group decided to take it up a notch--assemble a 30-story hotel in just 15 days"

Clearly the Broad Group was not involved in this build......!
"Having already set the record of erecting a 15-story building in one week, Chinese construction company Broad Group decided to take it up a notch--assemble a 30-story hotel in just 15 days" Clearly the Broad Group was not involved in this build......! Col Mustard
  • Score: 0

10:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Crispin Mount says...

This gushing PR placed story seems to have backfired. Oh dear.
This gushing PR placed story seems to have backfired. Oh dear. Crispin Mount
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

I am not sure why there are so many minus scores on the above comments, because after seven years of work to date, this shows how shocking the progress has been on refurbishing this central hotel.

This is one of the Market Place's key buildings, and yet it has been out of the picture for years, and hasn't at all helped the image of the Market Place, yet alone help show Cirencester at it's best.

In addition, we are now talking about them working on the development of the New cinema and student accommodation in the Brewery. Let's hope this will be a speedier project than their last, since a New cinema could become an important asset for this town.

If they had been working on your house, would you have been happy???
I am not sure why there are so many minus scores on the above comments, because after seven years of work to date, this shows how shocking the progress has been on refurbishing this central hotel. This is one of the Market Place's key buildings, and yet it has been out of the picture for years, and hasn't at all helped the image of the Market Place, yet alone help show Cirencester at it's best. In addition, we are now talking about them working on the development of the New cinema and student accommodation in the Brewery. Let's hope this will be a speedier project than their last, since a New cinema could become an important asset for this town. If they had been working on your house, would you have been happy??? Geoff66
  • Score: -1

8:12am Mon 10 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Geoff66 I totally agree with you .... a bunch of cowboys trying to justify a shoddy and over budget project.

Please keep these builders away from other projects in the town.
Geoff66 I totally agree with you .... a bunch of cowboys trying to justify a shoddy and over budget project. Please keep these builders away from other projects in the town. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: -2

10:05pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bert Wilkins says...

Wildmoor project isn't it?

Aren't we about to let them decimate another part of our town next.

Someone must be doing very well from giving them all these projects......
Wildmoor project isn't it? Aren't we about to let them decimate another part of our town next. Someone must be doing very well from giving them all these projects...... Bert Wilkins
  • Score: -1

8:00am Tue 11 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Bert Wilkins wrote:
Wildmoor project isn't it?

Aren't we about to let them decimate another part of our town next.

Someone must be doing very well from giving them all these projects......
That would be someone from CDC ...... palms ... greased ...... spring to mind
[quote][p][bold]Bert Wilkins[/bold] wrote: Wildmoor project isn't it? Aren't we about to let them decimate another part of our town next. Someone must be doing very well from giving them all these projects......[/p][/quote]That would be someone from CDC ...... palms ... greased ...... spring to mind Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: 2

4:29pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Susie Clark says...

I should think, in answer to your question,Geoff66, other readers of this website are getting heartily sick of the negativity that emanates from you and your Lib Dem friends. A restored iconic hotel is just what Cirencester needs in the middle of the town , but then, that would be positive and you and your friends just do tired and dreary.
I should think, in answer to your question,Geoff66, other readers of this website are getting heartily sick of the negativity that emanates from you and your Lib Dem friends. A restored iconic hotel is just what Cirencester needs in the middle of the town , but then, that would be positive and you and your friends just do tired and dreary. Susie Clark
  • Score: -5

10:59pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Sorry Susie, but i am certainly no Lib Dem.....BUT WHY OH WHY has it taken seven years to get to this point, when this hotel should have been opening this month, and yet by the look of the photographs an end is no where in sight.

If you actually read my comment...then what i have said is that Cirencester NEEDS this hotel, and it is an utter disgrace that it has taken so long for this hotel to re open, and for it to be the major draw that it should be for Cirencester, yet alone the Market Place, which has become run down and a let down for the residents of Cirencester, yet alone it's visitors, and the shops, stores and businesses which rely on these people for their trade.

I don't care about the politics of who was involved in the decisions to appoint the developer, etc.... what annoys me is why has it taken so long?, and why should we the residents of this town have had to wait seven years for it to reopen?...this is at utter disgrace!!!
Sorry Susie, but i am certainly no Lib Dem.....BUT WHY OH WHY has it taken seven years to get to this point, when this hotel should have been opening this month, and yet by the look of the photographs an end is no where in sight. If you actually read my comment...then what i have said is that Cirencester NEEDS this hotel, and it is an utter disgrace that it has taken so long for this hotel to re open, and for it to be the major draw that it should be for Cirencester, yet alone the Market Place, which has become run down and a let down for the residents of Cirencester, yet alone it's visitors, and the shops, stores and businesses which rely on these people for their trade. I don't care about the politics of who was involved in the decisions to appoint the developer, etc.... what annoys me is why has it taken so long?, and why should we the residents of this town have had to wait seven years for it to reopen?...this is at utter disgrace!!! Geoff66
  • Score: 0

7:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Susie

You are so wide of the mark with your comments. What is your connection to the building company?

This building project is a disgrace. The Kings Head used to be a centre piece of Cirens Market Place. What has been in its place for 7 years?

An appalling eyesore that makes the town look like Swindon, not a Cotswold Market town, trying to attract visitors as its lifeblood of the economy.

7 years???

And this bunch of cowboys may be given more work by the erstwhile CDC.

The world has gone mad!!!

p.s. Given another few years they may well find the tunnels that link the Monks Retreat to the Church and on to the Abbey grounds.
Susie You are so wide of the mark with your comments. What is your connection to the building company? This building project is a disgrace. The Kings Head used to be a centre piece of Cirens Market Place. What has been in its place for 7 years? An appalling eyesore that makes the town look like Swindon, not a Cotswold Market town, trying to attract visitors as its lifeblood of the economy. 7 years??? And this bunch of cowboys may be given more work by the erstwhile CDC. The world has gone mad!!! p.s. Given another few years they may well find the tunnels that link the Monks Retreat to the Church and on to the Abbey grounds. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: 2

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