Bedford Hotel, London


Bedford Hotel, London

SEH Commercial carried out a full replacement of windows and cills on the 1960’s building over 5 floors, including new external mosaic tiling, concrete cill and brickwork repairs, completing the project with a full re-decoration of the hotel entrance and coffee bar shop fronts. The upgrading of the original aluminium frames with modern, energy efficient, sound-insulating glazing and frames used the Smart Evolution system with Acoustic glazing.

The 2012 Olympics has been responsible for some of the most dramatic transformations of the London cityscape since World War 2 with much of Stratford and its surrounding areas radically altered since the creation of the Olympic Village. But it has not simply been the wholesale demolition-rebuild projects which have garnered so much media attention that are seeing the sprucing-up of the British capital. Elsewhere, more subtle improvements are being made to allow businesses to reflect the self-improvement spirit of the Games – and help them attract more of the business it will generate. SEH Commercial has been providing the tools and the talent to get the job done.

Since 1837, The Imperial London Hotels Limited has offered visitors to Central London a good standard of accommodation and exceptional value for money with six hotels, all in the Bloomsbury district of London, a short walk from the British Museum, Oxford Street and London’s Theatreland, making them an ideal base to explore Central London and beyond. The Bedford Hotel is situated on Southampton Road, close to the busy central London tube stations of Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus. Already a tourist Mecca, the area was the focus of many an international-Olympic-travellers’ attention during the summer and The Bedford Hotel is well-placed to satisfy accommodation requirements.

With rooms over 5 floors, the front elevation of the building is busy with windows. As part of the refurbishment the original aluminium frames were to be replaced with modern, energy efficient, sound-insulating frames and glazing. Using the Smart Evolution system with Acoustic glazing, SEH Commercial also installed new mosaic tiling and handled concrete repair works.

The Imperial London Hotels Limited appointed long-established Chartered Surveyors and Project Managers, Ainsley and Partners, to handle the maintenance project. Russell Looker, from Ainsley & Partners explains the background: “We place huge emphasis on simple but effective cost management throughout a project. We always aim and pride ourselves on providing a service that is comprehensive and competitive, efficient and professional. In the case of the Bedford Hotel we issued a tender document to a selected number of specialist contractors including SEH Commercial who were successful in their bid.”

Craig Forder from SEH Commercial: “The product needed to suit the environment and improve the appearance of the hotel. The new frames dramatically improve the building facade and provide sound insulation levels which keep the noise from the busy road below out of the guests’ rooms. They will also reduce the hotel’s heating bills and are very low-maintenance.”

The project saw a pilot window installed in February 2012 which gained approval from the client before work began on the hotel in spring 2012. It was completed ahead of schedule.

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