The Oxford Belfry Hotel Refurbishment

  • Oxford Belfry Hotel

  • Oxford Belfry Hotel

  • Oxford Belfry Hotel

A roof conversion and accommodation scheme for a four-star luxury hotel completed ahead of schedule.


This scheme involved working in a live hotel environment and delivering the project to the client’s very high and exacting standards. Beard carried out a roof conversion and created 24 luxury ensuite bedrooms. Most of these were completed 10 weeks ahead of schedule. A ‘bistro’ bar was also refurbished along with the hotel spa providing a state-of-the-art gymnasium, exercise studio, sauna and seven treatment rooms.

Successful project delivery required continuous client liaison and careful planning, co-ordination and screening-off of the works to avoid any disruption to hotel residents and staff. The noisiest parts of the construction were planned in conjunction with the hotel during less sensitive times of the day. Unsightly building works were also hidden from hotel guests.


  • Working in a live hotel environment
  • Not disrupting hotel guests and staff during the works programme


The project team moved the construction works away from the main entrance and used bamboo screening and temporary plants to reduce the visual impact of the works on hotel guests. Work was divided into four phases to minimise disruption to guests and day-to-day hotel activities. Subcontractor interviews were held on site to give teams a feel for the dynamics and complexities of working in a live hotel environment.


We were particularly pleased that Beard achieved the early completion of 24 additional guest bedrooms. The Beard team provided effective communication with both ourselves and our partners throughout the project. Planning and scheduling was efficient and response to queries speedy, giving us a feeling of confidence as the project progressed.”

Gary Aymes, Project and Compliance Manager


Marston Hotels

Contract value

£1.8 million



Contract duration

Four months

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