Description: A traditional main entrance layout given a contemporary twist with an updated fresh take on traditional ironwork.

One of the finest country house hotels in England, Lucknam is a member of the Relais & Châteaux hotel & restaurant group, which in addition to luxurious facilities, is known for distinguished properties & settings. The stone entrance had lost its original ironwork some time ago and although there was one grainy turn of the century image, the conservation officer agreed that, in this case, it was not necessarily appropriate to attempt a reconstruction. This provided the opportunity to introduce an original design that was at the same time sympathetic to the historic environment. The Ironwork Studios proposed a relaxed traditional layout, with curved top rail, decorative side panels and lock rail to frame the central view beyond the gates. Using all the familiar elements associated with traditional blacksmith made scrollwork (fishtails, squashed balls, forged corners, branch welds, etc.) we achieved a fresh interpretation through new forms & patterns. The result was distinctive & eloquently detailed decoration inserted into a simple classical framework arrangement, which as the first impression to the visitors, echoed the hotels reputation and French connection with the inclusion of the fleur-de-lis.

Service: Concept Design and Specification

Architect: Holder Mathias

Location: Nr Chippenham, Wiltshire


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