The refurbishment and re-brand of the Ramada Leicester Stage hotel to the Holiday Inn Leicester ,Wigston.
The hotel required a significant amount of remodelling and refurbishment to bring it up to date with the latest mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services and Holiday Inn design standards.
We carried out a survey of the existing MEP services to determine what facilities and infrastructure could be retained and could offer longevity over the next 20 to 25 years. We then had to determine new loadings for gas, water, electricity based upon the requirements of the proposed renovation.
The existing building was around 35 years old and the current services were very basic. A large proportion of the systems were past their serviceable life expectancy and not suitable for a modern hotel environment. Guest rooms were heated only by electric panel heaters and current hotel requirements specify comfort cooling. The conference suites and function rooms already had basic comfort cooling but this used R22 refrigerant; which was under sized and beyond serviceable life expectancy.
Modern variable refrigerant flow (VRF) comfort cooling systems were specified in all areas of the hotel, transforming the environment.
We had established that the domestic hot and cold-water services were provided from a number of internal plant rooms. These had a large number of domestic sized cylinders piped together in what appeared to be a retrofit arrangement, indicating delivery problems.
We specified a new plantroom, in an existing external building, that provided gas boilers to feed hot water storage cylinders, a cold-water storage tank and booster set. This ensured a hot and cold-water supply, at the correct flow and pressure, to all outlets including a back up supply in the event of mains failure.
Electrically, we were able to retain the existing switchgear and sub mains distribution. The local distribution boards were replaced as were local supplies to consumer units in the individual guest rooms along with the wiring.
Lighting was replaced throughout the building including compliant emergency lighting.
A new L1 standard fire alarm system was provided, new IT structured cabling system, new external lighting and a lightning protection system.
The kitchen, bar area and restaurant were completely refurbished with all new MEP.
Consideration factors were external condensers, supporting the comfort cooling systems, which were located in new enclosures within the car park. Therefore, the noise output was reviewed so’s not to disturb the adjoining neighbours. Light spillage was also studied by the local authority.
The hotel is now positioned for a variety of business-related activities, including meetings, gala dinners and is also fully licensed for civil ceremonies.