Norton House Hotel, Conference and Leisure Center
The challenge was to provide a new corporate and leisure facilities within the curtilage of a sensitive B-Listed property and walled garden set within Edinburgh’s Green Belt. As the existing walled garden had suffered over the years from a lack of a defined role. The location of the new facility offered the walled garden a new pivotal role within the development, enhancing Norton House’s facilities within a discreet and unusual setting whilst introducing a striking modern addition to its estate.
The new facilities are a modern interpretation of the traditional walled garden glasshouse providing a 6500ft2 flexible corporate pavilion set amongst a new orchard, green roof and lawns at ground floor, banqueting, wedding and meeting facilities, break-out space, bar area extension and full production kitchen. Accessed via a stand-alone glass entrance pavilion, a new 15500 ft2 leisure and spa facility with terraced lawn and sunken pool was formed at an excavated subterranean level with external terraced lawn and sunken pool. The facility incorporates an 18 x 7m level deck pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam and sauna rooms, health and beauty spa, fitness gymnasium, aerobic studio offices, cafe/bistro.