The Scarlet Hotel

The brief was specific; to create a unique and sustainable building that blends with and enhances the local environment, utilising the spectacular cliff-top location and views to construct a feeling of space and light.

The Scarlet team had a very clear idea of the ‘wow’ factor they wanted to create, we helped them realise this dream.

The design works around clever use of levels, revealing function and glimpses of views, with a central ‘wall’ to physically anchor the building to the cliff side.

Bedrooms are broken down into smaller clusters, giving the advantage of dissolving the traditional boring hotel plan of long corridors to form shorter connecting spaces, some curved in plan. All focused around the view, but with varying spaces such as intimate gardens, shell-like viewing pods and wrap around terraces.

The front of the building is the organic façade with sea thrift roof and reclaimed groynes. The front edge of the building relating to the cliffs was seen as providing a more organic façade, where the building envelope stops and the coastal landscape of scrub and cliff takes over. Here, the design team saw the character of the cliff top wrapping up against and over the lower bedrooms, using a green roof to link the natural fronting ground level to the roof beyond.

From the very outset sustainability of the new hotel was of paramount importance. With the focus on high levels of insulation, air tightness, utilisation of solar orientation and natural cooling, the hotel build provided a sound base for the managerial handling of green issues. The team considered all major options for sustainable energy creation before settling upon a combination of different energy sources.

The hotel has to be seen to be believed as the quality is outstanding

Awards since opening:

  • International Hotel Awards 2011 – Best Sustainable Hotel UK
  • International Hotel Awards 2011 – Best Spa Hotel UK
  • International Hotel Awards 2011 – Best International Hotel
  • Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2010 – The Most Sustainable New Building / Development
  • UK Commercial Property Awards 2010 – Best Small Hotel and Construction UK
  • AA Awards 2010 – Eco Hotel of the Year
  • South West Tourism Awards 2010 – Gold awarded Small Hotel of the Year
  • Cornwall Tourism Awards 2010 – Gold awarded Small Hotel of the Year
  • European Hospitality Awards 2010 – Green Hotel of the Year
  • International Green Apple Awards 2010 – Environmental Best Practice
  • Commercial Property Awards 2009 – Building of the Year

All works carried out for Bauwerk UK Ltd