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Case Studies

Read some recent case studies of successful Oates Construction projects:

Costa Coffee

Having previously worked with Pizza Hut, Oates Construction was asked to tender for a project for the franchisee element of Costa Coffee, by PEP Project Management. More >>

Opera House

The Opera House was originally built in 1895 as an indoor circus. At the turn of the Century the Victorians turned it into a Grand Theatre. Over the years its purpose, along with its name, changed to meet local demand: from the Boscombe Ballrooms, to the Hippodrome, to the Academy and Opera House night club. More >>

FJB Hotels

FJB Hotels is a group comprising of the four prestigious and well-known hotels in the local area:

  • The Haven, Sandbanks, Poole
  • The Sandbanks, Sandbanks, Poole
  • The Chine, Boscombe, Bournemouth
  • Harbour Heights , Sandbanks, Poole

Oates Construction started work for the FJB Hotel Group in 1988, commencing with a small refurbishment project. More >>

Poole Park

From conception in 2002, Oates Construction embarked on their design and build project for South Coast Caterers. Poole Borough Council wanted to rejuvenate one of Poole’s most important public spaces, Poole Park, which has Heritage status. More >>

Sandbanks Bar Refurbishment

FJB group hotels continually strive to upgrade their facilities to ensure customer satisfaction and expectation and ensure compliance with all the DDA requirements.

The Sandbanks Hotel Bar was last refurbished by o@tes in 2002. Mr John Butterworth approached o@tes to work with his interior designer to produce a refurbishment scheme for the existing bar area. During discussion with Mr Butterworth the move toward Sands Brassiere being used for up to 60 weddings annually was discussed.  o@tes suggested creating a two bar scenario by opening up the dividing wall from the bar area to the existing TV Lounge to enable a multi use room that can be open or divided by a bi folding screen to give two separate bars to accommodate the ever increasing private function and provide a private bar facility for hotel guest.

The refurbishment was carried out in three phases with the development of the new bar area within the existing TV lounge completed first to give the hotel a bar facility throughout the refurbishment. A new assessable ramp was installed to afford compliant wheel chair access to the lower internal terrace and the external terrace areas. Phase two incorporated the refurbishment of the existing bar and bar lounge areas and phase three was the refurbishment of the “railway carriage area”

The end result has not only achieved the required functionality to accommodate the hotels changing needs but has afforded both harbour and sea views when the bi-fold doors are open.  Guest can now enjoy the spectacular views in a “Havana” style ambiance either in the sea view bar and the harbour bar lounge. More

Beehive Hotel

In January 2009 Chris Hollingworth of Hollingworth Inns acquired the Orton Rigg Hotel, a specialist Arthritic Care Hotel in Canford Cliffs Poole since 1970.

Chris, a client of o@tes for the last 17 years, wanted to open a boutique hotel with a free house offering quality home cooked food to the public.  Chris gave o@tes an outline brief of his requirements and o@tes produced a design scheme for the Ground floor public house in February 2009. o@tes carried out extensive research to ascertain that the proposed Hotel and Free House would achieve established use and a successful Planning and Building Regulation permissions was granted.

o@tes commenced the “turn key” refurbishment at the beginning of April 2009 and completed the new bar and restaurant ready for the bank holiday weekend at the end of May 2009. The Free House was an instant success with trading far above Chris Hollingsworth’s expectation.

In August 2009, Chris requested that o@tes produce a design scheme for the boutique hotel. The scheme incorporated seven luxury double bedrooms and one family room all with contemporary en suite bathrooms.

After the Building regulation approval was granted o@tes commenced the “turn key” refurbishment of the boutique hotel in September 2009 completing the works ready for Christmas 2009.

The Design and build “turn key” refurbishment of the New Beehive Hotel has brought a new dimension in dining and hotel offering in the Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks area of Poole. More

Chine Hotel

The Chine Hotel was the first hotel acquired by the late Frederick Butterworth, the founder of FJB Hotels, in the 1950s. The hotel was purchased to provide accommodation for the stars that appeared at the Boscombe Ballrooms, formerly the Opera House and now the o2 Academy, Bournemouth.

Being a Victorian building the hotel offers many original features. However as all hotels in the UK, The Chine had to comply with the Fire safety Order 2005. This involves upgrading the hotel to provide 30min compartment between floors and installing a fully addressable fire alarm system.

After consultation between o@tes and The FJB Managing director, John Butterworth, It was decided that a complete “budget refurbishment” would be carried out within the Fire Brigades required time frame to comply with the Fire Safety Order 2005. The refurbishment would address all the statutory requirements and give the hotel the much needed face lift that has now made The Chine one of the top rated 3 Star Hotels in Bournemouth.

o@tes, working with the interior designer, completed all the design drawings and work commenced on the public area refurbishment and the complete refurbishment of all the bedroom accommodation in September 2008. The public areas were completed by Christmas 2008 and the eighty bedrooms will be completed in October 2010. The Chine has remained open throughout the refurbishment with minimal disruption to hotel guest which is paramount in o@tes business ethos.
The complete refurbishment cost for the entire hotel was £1.1 million.  o@tes can offer a budget refurbishment still maintaining the quality required to give the expectation of today’s increasingly demanding hotel guest. More