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Council must act now to save one of Malvern’s most important Victorian buildings

The harsh winter weather has prompted the Society to call on Malvern Hills District Council to serve an Urgent Works Notice on the owner of the Tudor Hotel.

The Tudor Hotel on Wells Road has been unoccupied for a number of years and it is neither properly secured nor fully watertight. In 2006 permission was granted to convert the hotel into 14 luxury apartments but work didn't start and the building has been neglected. The owners recently applied to the council to extend the planning permission.

'If something isn't done soon to secure the site then there is a real danger that the building could be irreparably damaged' said Kristian Kaminski, Conservation Adviser of the Victorian Society. 'The Tudor Hotel is an attractive and important part of Malvern's history and must not be left to rot.'

The Grade-II listed hotel is a wonderful example of an early Victorian purpose-built water-cure centre. It was commissioned in 1852 by Dr James Gully, who played a principal part in establishing Malvern as an important spa town, and was designed by the distinguished architect, S.S.Teulon.

But the former hospital's grand gothic façade, spiral staircases and turrets won't survive for future generations unless the fabric of the building is maintained.

Right now this Malvern landmark is dangerously exposed and vulnerable to the worst of the winter weather.

History

The Tudor Hotel was designed in 1852 by the respected Victorian architect, Samuel Sanders Teulon. Teulon had a number of distinguished private clients, including some members of the Royal family. In the 1930s the building was converted from a hospital into a hotel, but that closed down ten years ago and the building was used as long term B&B accommodation for people on benefits.

 

Thursday 11 February, 2010

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