Bedford Council approve riverside hotel

DMA’s plans for a 100 bedroom hotel along the Great Ouse River have been approved by Bedford Council. The hotel for developer Coplan Estates frames a new public square leading from the river offering uninterrupted waterfront views from every bedroom and public areas in both eastern and western directions.

The hotel sits within a larger masterplan at Bedford Riverside North which will see the area behind the former town hall redeveloped. The scheme also encompasses a cinema, apartments and a landscaped river walk fronted by restaurants.

The building consists of three slender ‘slices’ of differing cladding materials and colours, expressing the hotels spatial arrangement along a central corridor. The facade design focuses on breaking down the massing along the riverfront into smaller elements, each with a vertical emphasis and differing parapet heights to reflect the varied roof lines in Bedford’s town centre. The ground floor opens onto the square and riverside walk, featuring restaurants and retail space.

Nikolaj Mitens, Associate at Dexter Moren Associates said, “This fantastic development site in the heart of Bedford presents a unique opportunity to breathe new life into the neglected riverside quarter.

Unbelievably, the best site in town has been a Council car park ever since Charles Wells’ Brewery closed down and was demolished in 1976. With a new market square, a cinema, new riverfront apartments, a hotel, a landscaped river walk fronted by restaurants and activity, and a new foot bridge linking to the south bank this will be a great, modern addition to the historic market town.”