Planning has been submitted for the redevelopment of the landmark Comet Hotel in Hatfield to create a 99 bed hotel and adjacent 361 bed student accommodation complex, including a gym, cinema room, social, study spaces and communal courtyard.
Designed by Corstorphine + Wright for Fusion Students, the proposals will see the refurbishment of the Grade II listed 1930s hotel to restore its landmark features, along with the addition of a new three storey extension block with a contemporary glazed frontage that reflects and enhances the silhouette of the heritage building.
The neighbouring student accommodation will feature a bold modern design comprising 4 buildings interlinked by glazed circulation spaces.
As with all Fusion Student developments, the latest project at Hatfield aims to reimagine the experience of student living, providing the best quality accommodation available, along with all the facilities and amenities that students need to thrive.
Hatfield is the latest in a series of high-end student residential schemes that Corstorphine + Wright is delivering for Fusion Students, which also include Froomsgate, Bristol, Plummer House, Newcastle, and Talbot House, Nottingham.
Nicola Buckley, Architect at Corstorphine + Wright, said: “Developing the right solution for Hatfield was challenging because of a number of unique complexities within the site, but we are confident that these proposals will achieve remarkable levels of quality, imagination and design detail that Fusion Students strive for.
“Whilst the existing hotel is an iconic period building, it has undergone a series of redevelopments over the years, which stripped out the art deco interiors and altered the original design concept. As a result, the building suffers from a shabby exterior and a confused, outdated layout.
“Through sensitive refurbishments to the hotel, demolishing parts of the building that no longer work and building a new extension that sets off the period building as the centerpiece of the site, we will create a development that adds a real wow factor to the approach to Hatfield.
“We have also ensured that the neighbouring properties will remain private and sheltered from the student accommodation through carefully adjusting the heights of the buildings, landscaping the site and incorporating innovative directional windows that eliminate overlook.
“We are confident that the finished design will offer something special to students and hotel residents as well as being a positive addition to the town.”