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Macdonald Randolph Hotel scaffolding comes down

The magnificent five-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford is ready to rise from the ashes following a fire last year.

The final piece of scaffolding will be coming down from the hotel's façade on Thursday 14 April 2016 after almost a year of renovations at the hotel following a fire caused by a rogue flambé incident in its kitchens.

The unveiling of the façade of the 151-room hotel signals the latter stages of a £6.5 million refurbishment. The timing could not be better as this year marks a very special anniversary for the five-star hotel as it prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday.

General manager Michael Grange is proud that the hotel was only closed for a three-week period immediately following the fire and that, as the historic landmark is returned to its former glory, most visitors who have stayed in the past 11 months would only have experienced a very mild disruption at the usually impeccable venue.

He says: "The staff at Macdonald Randolph Hotel have always been known for their excellent customer service, but they have been particularly outstanding during this difficult period. It has been extremely satisfying to hear from customers that they are still delighted with their experience whilst staying at the hotel during the renovations. Most recently the excellent service of my front of house team was awarded with a Catey - the hotel industry equivalent of an Oscar.

"I can't wait until the last of the refurbishment is completed and the scaffolding at the front of the hotel comes down and we can once again unveil this majestic building. To celebrate we will be launching a new range of room types including an executive suite lounge, a new restaurant and also a new signature bar in addition to our world renowned salon - the home of the perfect Oxford High Tea."

As a listed building, the renovations have involved more than 235 tradesmen over 11 months to ensure that the building looks exactly as it did before the fire. The renovations to the building have included a complete rebuild of the 150 year old roof, using the same building techniques and materials as when it was first put in place in 1860.

Jonathan Dawson, regional managing director for Macdonald Randolph Hotel added:

"We have to praise the hard work and skill of all our tradesmen from SPV; returning one of our most iconic and best loved hotels back to all its five-star splendour as quickly and as efficiently as they did, with minimal disruption to our guests.

"We are excited to have been able to take this opportunity to add a few internal upgrades and look forward to revealing more in the coming months."