Our Glasgow team are back on site and busy at The Windermere Hydro Hotel which is undergoing a major refurbishment. Our team are currently engaged in coordination work with the installing contractors, to ensure that the design intent is carried through on site. The building is particularly complicated by its age, various ‘extensions’ that have been added through the years, and its slatestone construction. This has resulted in challenging structural and fabric issues to overcome.
Additionally the listed planning consent for the project has meant that we are unable to route new service installations without first reviewing these requirements. The new M&E installations will bring a much reduced energy and consumption with corresponding reductions on CO2.
Our project lead says, “Our role in this project has been particularly challenging from the outset. The lack of any ‘as fitted’ information, plus the nature and construction of the building has meant that we have had to think creatively about the design solutions to be implemented. The building continues to throw up challenges as the fabric and structure is uncovered. It is clear however that the hotel will be a significant property once work is completed, and will offer a first class facility and service to the area”
Originally constructed in the 19th Century (1881) the hotel was built following huge interest in Hydropathy (now hydrotherapy), the therapeutic use of water.