Located in the heart of Aldgate on the boundary of the City of London, this prestigious £25 million flagship Travelodge project has been created as a declaration of renewed confidence following recent investment in the brand. The 395-room property in Middlesex Street, is backed by investor Freshwater and delivered by main contractor Tolent. Set in a vibrant leisure and tourism area, the development is located just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station and the iconic ‘Gherkin’ skyscraper. The impressive development, built to BREEAM ‘excellent’ standards, is one of 20 new hotels due for completion in 2018.
The march of the low-cost hotel sector continues, fuelled by businesses looking to reduce travel costs and the next generation of independent leisure travellers. The construction of the new hotel in the heart of the City of London, is another milestone in the resurgence of Travelodge.
Design & Construction
The design is a striking example of hotel architecture, taking into consideration both responsible building ethics and high-quality aesthetics – whilst satisfying the local existing street scape. To the south is an imposing corner clad with an innovative honeycomb backed natural stone product, whilst the northern end of the building is finished with muted cladding colours on the upper levels descending down to the lower surrounding areas.
The tolerances and high-specification cladding system required all the technical insight of EOS to produce a fully offsite solution fixed to the main concrete frame erected by main contractor Tolent.
Challenges and Resolutions
The aim of the project was to deliver a fully clad panelised system to site, complete with EOS’ sub frame infill panels, pre-fixed to the lightweight innovative stone cladding system. Once delivered, the fully formed panels were craned in and fixed back to the substrate using the EOS supplied ancillary components.
A key part of the construction was achieving a fully flush finish on the external side of the EOS steel sub frame due to the extreme tolerances required by the cladding manufacturer. By utilising our Howick framing machines to their full potential, EOS were able to produce a steel framing panel with a completely flush finish, using BIM modelling and CAM processes to engineer a pre-cut assembly, where even 2mm screw heads were required to be countersunk.
The scheme was in part delivered through advanced engineering combined with technically advanced manufacturing capability used to its full potential to deliver a truly offsite system. This led to a rapid installation attaining excellent thermal, acoustic and fire properties.