Jul 16, 2015

Getting into bed with offsite construction

Learn more about the benefits offsite construction can bring to the hospitality sector.

It’ll be hard to get bored in the UK this summer – as well as the nail-biting Wimbledon fortnight, there’s also the Edinburgh Festival, the Rugby World Cup and even the NFL International Series in London planned for the second half of the year.

Major events are always music to the ears of the hotel industry, of course, and provide great opportunities for hoteliers to fill their rooms at the best rate.

That can mean a balancing act between available rooms and market demand. Earlier this year, professional services firm PWC reported in its latest UK hotels forecast that demand for beds was running ahead of supply.

This is good news for the sector, particularly since it’s set in the context of annual growth – highlights from that report predict that in London growth in revenues per available room (RevPAR) will hit 4.6% (£124) this year and 4.7% (£127) in 2016. Elsewhere in the UK, the forecast runs at 5.4% (£51) and 5.1% (£53) respectively.

If those forecasts are accurate, the opportunity and the challenge is to ensure there are enough beds to capitalise on this demand – and critically, to achieve this within ever-tighter regulation, to extremely high quality standards, and in line with available budgets.

Brands like Premier Inn and Holiday Inn have recognised the advantages of building new hotels using timber systems.

We worked closely with Premier Inn to build its new hotel at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay, within easy reach of the SSE Hydro and SECC concert and conference venues, integrating four storeys of timber systems on top of two storeys of concrete and glass.

The 144-bed hotel project needed up-front collaboration with each party because of the complexity involved, with the Stewart Milne Timber Systems team working closely with Premier Inn and its other contractors to ensure a seamless process.

At six storeys tall, building regulations required enhanced safety standards such as ‘design against disproportionate collapse’, the effect of which is to limit the extent of any collapse relative to the cause of the damage. Stewart Milne Timber Systems engineered the solution using a system of large span floor cassettes and stressed skin wall ply clad wall panels with key element posts, which achieved these requirements.

Insulation and air tightness details were also incorporated in line with Whitbread’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2020 throughout the company’s entire operations and building projects. This goes beyond the Building Regulations requirements for commercial buildings in Scotland.

What each of our hotel projects have in common is very tight parameters of cost, time and standards – all of which timber systems can deliver.

If you’d like to find out more information on how Stewart Milne Timber Systems can help your next hotel project, you can contact us here.

Homes For Scotland Home Builders Federation National House-Building Council Royal Institute of British Architects Structural Timber Association Constructionline British Board of Agrement Wood Campus Build Off Site Building Research Establishment WOOD FOR GOOD

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