Coes Faen Lodge
This is arguably the most interesting project we have worked on to date, situated on Mawddach Estuary in Barmouth.
The property itself dates back to 1865 and was originally constructed to provide accommodation for the staff of the grand Coes Faen Hall  opposite. Years of neglect left the old lodge in rather poor shape until the current owners purchased the hall and accompanying lodge and embarked upon an ambitious plan to rejuvenate the property and transform it into a high end guest house.
The restoration was overseen by local architects George & Tomos whom initially contacted Artisan Glass to seek our specialist input into their proposals for a large glass roof and a triple height structural glass façade. The Ideas they presented were impressive but certainly within the realms of possibility and we confidently reassured them that it was a relatively straightforward project…….that is until they informed us that the lodge stands on a small clearing between a road and a shear rock face and all the glass goes at the rear, against the cliff… it wasn’t so straightforward.

Due to the extreme spatial restrictions plus the desire to have a winding staircase inside the entrance, the façade had to be designed back to front with the vertical glass fins on the outside of the building rather than inside. This gave enough space to construct a glass and steel staircase against the inner face of the façade which extends to a half landing built into the natural slate then turns 90° to the first floor landing. Above the main entrance space there is a large single span structural glass roof featuring the longest laminated glass rafters we had used to date.  Whilst the structural design was completed without too much difficulty, the really complicated aspect was certainly installation. We engaged with a number of local specialist lifting equipment companies to devise a safe and effective lifting plan and over a number of weeks the glass and staircase were carefully installed.

The restoration is now complete and Coes Faen Lodge is open for business as a boutique spa and guest house offering 5 star accommodation and fine dining to the discerning traveller.

"We had a very ambitious concept for our unique contemporary intimate hotel and restaurant. We love the Italian architectural technique of modernising old stone buildings with a contemporary twist using frameless glass, wood and stainless steel. We wanted to create a natural ‘inside/outside’ feeling with a huge suspended glass wall at the concealed entrance, a glass roof to pour light into the atrium space, and a glass infill for the original carriage archway. To add to the challenge, we wanted a glass staircase to arc around the natural rock and water feature in the hallway.

Most contractors, on seeing the scale of this ambition, would react by explaining patiently why it was not possible. Rob and his team at Artisan Glass had quite the opposite reaction. They brought a real ‘can-do’ and innovative approaches to solve all the problems that this design presented, added their own expertise to our ideas, and responded brilliantly to our obsession with not just innovative concepts but also meticulous execution and attention to detail.

The result is an award-winning hotel with guests stunned by the design when they first visit, and nearly five years later, the quality of the project work done by Artisan Glass is confidently standing the test of time.

Our huge thanks and appreciation to Rob and his team – they do what they promise, with integrity. The icing on the cake -- you can rely completely on their cost estimating skills and honest, transparent culture."

Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE
Coes Faen Lodge

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