Aloft Hotel, Liverpool
The new Aloft hotel, located at the junction of Dale Street and North John Street in Liverpool City Centre, has been formed within the Grade II listed former Royal Insurance building.
The original building was completed in 1906 and is thought to be one of, if not the, oldest steel framed building in the UK. The building unfortunately sustained considerable water damage whilst it remained unoccupied from the late 1980s, affecting many of the original features within the building. Due to the heritage of the building, the refurbishment involved reinstating many of these original features, whilst bringing the building up to modern standards.
Clancy Consulting provided multi-disciplinary services, including being responsible for the structural design aspects of the project. This included; the addition of a new 5th and 6th floor dormer, new lift installation, new dumbwaiter, new mezzanine, underpinning works, in addition to the assessment of the existing steel frame for the effects of the water damage.
Of particular structural merit is the existing floor depth arched truss at 2nd/3rd floor level, enabling the grand column free ground floor, with the first floor hung from the transfer truss.
The project won the prestigious Building Project of the Year (£10m-£50m) Award at the British Construction Industry Awards 2015.