Owner Keith Hanmer, councillor Connie Granger, the Mayor of Wem and Selina Cuss, the hotel’s manager, all donned hard hats to start the scheme. Although the marquee will be a semi-permanent building, it will still boast an installation of underfloor heating for the comfort of guests.
As bookings for wedding ceremonies and other social occasions have increased at the award-winning hotel, the coach house is being renovated to create more space. The building is located in the hotel’s grounds, so the marquee will serve as a connection for staff and patrons.
The marquee will cover 200 square feet and will have a smaller kitchen which will be connected to the facilities in the main building. This will remove the requirement for outside caterers when functions are hosted inside the grounds. Underfloor heating will be installed beneath a suspended platform as the construction won’t be a permanent fixture. Air conditioning will also be installed to boost comfort levels. Councillor Grainger said:
“The Old Rectory Hotel is an asset to the town and I am delighted to be supporting the owners in this new venture. It is simply wonderful to see such investment being made, which will provide yet another splendid amenity for the area.”
As this scheme proves, electric underfloor heating can be installed in virtually any structure, even if it isn’t permanent.