Design & Build construction of a 623-bedroom hotel combining two IHG brands in one building comprising 433 Holiday Inn Bedrooms and 190 Staybridge Suites located over six floors; together with shared gym facilities and separate public areas including reception, restaurant, bar, conference suite and car parking to the rear of the site.
Designed as a linear figure of 8, the building is arranged around internal and external courtyards overlooked by guest bedrooms. The façade design overcomes the acoustic challenges created by the proximity to the airport, with the Reglit façade providing an acoustic buffer and the rainscreen cladding selected to avoid interference issues for the airport radar.
The large atrium created by the figure of 8 was one of the build’s most complex elements, requiring two tower cranes, one of which was positioned through the glazed section of the atrium roof. This allowed us to build the steel structure and glaze 90% of the atrium before removing the crane. The remainder of the atrium was glazed thereafter. The size of the atrium lent itself to birdcage scaffolding which was used to construct the internal façade and ceiling areas.
This significant hotel development began as a brownfield site following completion of the demolition of the original factory premises. The completed hotel now over overlooks the runaway at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.