The new 4* Parkgate Hotel is located on Westgate Street in the centre of Cardiff. It is the result of the long-awaited refurbishment and extension of the Grade II Listed Parkgate and County Court buildings. GFA has been responsible for converting these unused buildings into a new leisure destination and conference facility, located next to the Principality Stadium.
The new Parkgate Hotel provides 169 guest rooms. These are in a mix of sizes that take advantage of the unique historic spaces. The public areas offer a selection of bars and a restaurant at ground floor and a new 360sqm conference facility. Elsewhere there is a private dining banquet room in the historic roof-space and a roof-top health and wellbeing spa. This stunning location has steam and sauna rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, herbal steam temple, four individual treatment rooms, and relaxation areas with views across the rooftops of Cardiff. Behind the scenes, the back-of-house areas that support the hotel are in the basement. Here, staff facilities, large plant areas and over 500sqm of commercial kitchen spaces are carefully planned. Further finishing kitchens are located on two other levels.
The scheme already had good sustainability credentials because of the city centre location and the re-use of existing vacant properties. We were able to build on this through energy efficient design for the new extension fabric and as a result achieved a BREEAM “Very Good” certification.