Award for transformation of former pub

Robin Swailes collected an award for the apartments in Hythe Bridge Street

A project that turned a former Victorian pub in Oxford city centre into luxury apartments has won a major award.

The building at 46 Hythe Bridge Street picked up a plaque for the best Small Project at the Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) awards last Tuesday.

Judges recognised the restoration project, led by Jericho-based Robin Swailes Design and Development, which transformed the building from a disused ‘eyesore’ to a development offering six short-term lets for visitors to the city.

Director Robin Swailes said: “We worked very hard to retain the original character and façade of the building and bring it back to life as a modern destination for visiting tourists and business people.

“This award is testament to the expertise of our team and I am delighted their efforts have been recognised with such a prestigious honour.”

The apartments make use of original features such as high ceilings and refurbished sash windows while the original Victorian staircase has been restored.

It is the second OPT honour in a row for the design and development firm after it was awarded a special certificate in the small projects category last year for its transformation work on the former Maroon Bar and Chequers pub on the corner of St Thomas Street and Hollybush Row.

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