Premier Inn Hotel Conversion – Lancashire

Scottish and Newcastle/Wilmott Dixon

Chorley North, Lancashire

Bowman Riley designed the conversion and extension of a 19th century former malt house into a 40 bedroom Premier Inn and country pub restaurant close to Chorley, a market town in Lancashire.

In the 1800s Malthouse Farm played a vital part in the community supplying malt to landlords and estate owners. The brewing of beer meant the area had enough ale to drink, which in many cases was safer than water. It also provided much needed employment for farm hands in the winter months.

Malthouse Farm served its local area until mechanised techniques were introduced in the early 1900s. The malt house closed and was taken over for use as an inn and public house.

Malt houses needed a lot of ground surface area to spread out the malt as it developed, which is why the pub and adjoining buildings are such long, thin and attractive buildings.

Making the most out of the existing buildings, Bowman Riley carefully designed the conversion of the historic buildings and created a new build element to surround the courtyard.

Today the hotel and country pub have a traditional inn feel with wooden beams, open fires, and flagstone floors. It’s a peaceful setting surrounded by mature trees and greenery next to the picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal.

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