Sitting on one of London’s busiest thoroughfares and close to a couple of its main transport hubs, the Pullman hotel is a modern example of the city’s eclectic mix of buildings. The façade itself required a full condition survey, reinforcing the client’s commitment to safety, compliance and as part of their relationship with the owner.
The Pullman London St Pancras, one of Accor’s many properties within London and the UK, is a 17-storey, modern, luxury hotel that dominates the skyline along the Euston Road and holds a prime position for anyone visiting the city.
Through our ongoing relationship that has been developed over the last decade, we were asked to undertake a façade condition survey that concentrated primarily on the aluminium façade cladding panels, but with consideration to the other façade materials, and designed to provide essential fabric condition information. This data could then be used to identify any immediate repairs, provide the client with a specification and plan for the future, and identify maintenance activities that could be utilised to re-align and future-proof each elevation.
With the client adopting a proactive approach to their responsibilities, compliance and in order to ensure the safety of the façade, the logical step was a condition survey. Although generally well maintained, the hotel’s location above the busy Euston Road heightened the need to ensure all panels were correctly fixed. With localised historical issues having previously been raised and repaired, this proactive approach of ongoing, regular inspections is a core requirement.
With our holistic approach and understanding of the building envelope, our abseil and MEWP teams were ideally placed for delivering the façade survey across a building which stretched up to 17-floors. The unique layout of the hotel required a mixed access solution, with the team surveying, documenting and geo-locating each defect, as well as ensuring that any high risk defects were made safe, or where needed they were safely removed. This ensured that all critical data was captured.