Burnley renovator prepares The Lawrence for launch

Burnley-based building contractor Rainford Wade has secured the contract to renovate the 19th century The Lawrence Hotel, formerly the Trevalyn guest house.

The Padiham hotel, which is set to open in Autumn 2017, will host 14 bedrooms spread over the main house and the old stables and will also feature a resident’s bar, three function and conference rooms and an outside courtyard.

The job will include the complete renovation of the main house and the centre piece of a floating bathroom in the aves of the Tolkien suite.

The business which is owned by locally born Wez Rainford and Lee Wade was originally two firms who merged to grow their businesses together as one in 2016.

Michael Huckerby, owner of The Lawrence, said: “This is a hugely personal and important project for me and it was so important that I got it right when selecting the construction firm who will help me renovate the space that will become The Lawrence.”

Wez from Rainford Wade said: “It is really exciting to be involved in a project such as The Lawrence. Michael is bringing back to life a beautiful collection of buildings and creating a unique and truly sociable space with some awesome design elements which will make it a fantastic place to stay.”

Michael, who is originally from Preston, has worked in Manchester and Florida. He previously owned Simple – one of the venues credited for kicking off Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter – and also ran digital and design business Creative Spark in the UK and USA.

He started his career at the Macdonald hotel The Tickled Trout in Preston and then went on to be food and beverage manager at Le Meriden Victoria and Albert in Manchester.

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