Malmaison Hotel, York

Adaptive re-use of iconic Aviva Building
  • Client: Yorkshire Ventures
  • Location: York
  • Sector: Leisure & Hospitality
  • Size: 29,000 sqft
  • Value: Circa £18 million
  • Status: Construction


A 1960’s former Aviva office building in York is being converted into a luxury 150 bed Malmaison Boutique hotel. The hotel is part conversion and part extension and is one of several hotels we currently designing. The building sits in a sensitive location in front of the listed Cedar Court Grand Hotel and adjacent to the River Ouse; as such we had to undertake extensive consultation both with Historic England and the City Planners to achieve approval.

Flexible & future-proof

The proposals include an extensive rooftop extensions providing a bar and restaurant space with unparalleled views across the historic city of York. This is being done with minimal structural intervention using lightweight techniques and the careful distribution of services.

At the heart of the design proposals are the Malmaison brand’s Work + Play concept, which fuses traditional hotel design with business-ready technologies to appeal to a growing mobile workforce. Technology is integrated heavily throughout – a challenge in an existing building context – to allow for future evolution of the brand concept or transition to another format.