Red Lion Hotel

New hotel secures future of historic inn.


The Grade II listed Red Lion Hotel, which abuts the Grade II* listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument of Duxford Chapel, has been an inn for at least 600 years. In order to safeguard its long term viability, the development of a freestanding 70 bed hotel was sought to make use of the site's strategic location on the road and rail network.

Beacon’s initial involvement was to act as the planning and heritage consultant to secure planning permission for the new hotel.

We prepared a Historic Buildings Appraisal of the heritage assets on the site, coordinated the archaeological evaluation and led extensive negotiations for the scheme with the local planning authority and English Heritage.

Working with the architects we prepared a Visual Impact Analysis to assess the potential effect of the new hotel on the heritage assets which was used in consultations with residents, parish and district councillors.

We prepared the Planning and Heritage Statements and acted as agents. The application was submitted in October 2008.

Although the first application was refused, a resolution to grant approval for a second application was secured in March 2009. A request to Call In the application was initially made by English Heritage, but averted by further negotiations.

We were subsequently appointed to manage a second project for the refurbishment and alteration of the historic Red Lion.


Planning Permission for new hotel was granted in September 2009. The refurbished historic inn and the new 70-bed Holiday Inn Express opened for business in April 2011.

ClientSophie Gregorias Pippas
Services providedApplication  
BP teamCharmain Hawkins  
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