Aloft Hotel wins Building Project of the Year at the prestigious British Construction Industry Awards 2015
Article posted on: 16th October 2015
We are delighted to announce that the Aloft Hotel located in Liverpool’s business district has won the award for Building Project of the Year (£10M-£50M) at the prestigious British Construction Industry Awards 2015 held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the 14 October 2015.
Clancy Consulting worked with Balfour Beatty and provided structural services for the permanent and temporary works aspects of the redevelopment of this beautiful building. The project involved the refurbishing the Grade II listed Royal Insurance Building, which was the first steel frame building in the country, built in 1906.
Although the building survived the WWII ‘Liverpool Blitz’, it was left derelict from the early 1980s, suffering substantial water damage due to the lead flashings being stolen from the roof. This resulted much of the interior becoming water damaged, with substantial areas of corrosion of the steelwork frame. Furthermore, there were numerous upgrades and extensions to the building to bring it up to modern standards for DDA, fire regulations and accessibility.
Prior proposals to renovate the building and convert it to a hotel were unsuccessful due to the downturn in the market and economic crisis experienced in the mid to late 2000s.
Finally in 2012 a successful proposal was provided and work quickly commenced. The renovation delivered succeeded due to an all encompassing design and extensive collaboration between the project team, Liverpool City Council, the investors, planner, English Heritage and the client.
The project included the need for; refurbishments, alterations, extensions and conversions to the building to ensure it met the requirements of the invested parties and demands of a modern facility whilst preserving original features.
The end result is a truly stunning luxury hotel that showcases how clever design can fuse together modern elements along with iconic and traditional architecture and design.
Please visit the hotel website for further information on the hotel and facilities.