Planning permission was obtained for the complete refurbishment and extension of Bennetston Hall to form a dedicated conference facility together with 32 bedrooms for our client Chimp Management Limited. Bennetston Hall is situated in the Peak District National Park and has been empty for over 30 years.
The Hall will provide a dedicated and bespoke conference facility for Chimp Management Ltd, specialists in training people to manage their minds, with an approach that is grounded in neuroscience. The Chimp Model was created by psychiatrist Professor Steve Peters and is used to help people to understand how the mind is structured and how it functions. Chimp Management aims to help people to get the best out of themselves and others. They also aim to improve the quality of their lives bringing increased success and happiness.
The Hall’s ‘brand’ therefore would be Chimp Management itself, as nowhere else could offer Chimp Management specific teaching/mentoring endorsed and supervised by the creator of the Chimp Model, making it a unique centre of excellence.
The key aspects of the scheme which was designed by Allison Pike Architects are:
- The restoration of the hall to its original roofline with castellated gables, central atrium and outward facing rooms.
- The provision of a lozenge themed conference facility to the north side of the hall with a ‘green roof’ and linked to the main building with a contemporary structure.
- The restoration of the Coach House and link via a single storey glazed link to the main Hall.