Strand Palace Hotel
Situated in the busy West End of London, the grade two listed, Strand Palace hotel is currently undergoing a significant refurbishment and modernisation programme. Centring on the introduction of an efficient new air conditioning system throughout the hotel, as well as a sumptuous refurbishment of its 800 plus rooms, the Strand expects to see improvements in business, reduction in energy consumption and a raise in room rates following the completion of the work.
Having worked on a number of heritage sites before, Elementa have detailed knowledge and experience of providing full MEP design services to heritage buildings, including many grade two listed hotels. Elementa are able to uncover opportunities and crucially predict complications that can arise in these style of projects. For this particular client, Elementa have been appointed to upgrade the MEP systems throughout the whole hotel – replacing systems built to old codes and standards with the latest resources efficient technology. Elementa also was provided with the unique opportunity to test actual performance in use of hot water systems against historic and current practice.
Throughout the refurbishment, Elementa faced multiple challenges, these included the installation of 40 new VRF condensers on the roof, replacing the current systems, some at which stand at 100 years old. Another occurring issue with period buildings involves the removal of large amounts of asbestos while most importantly for the busy Strand Palace Hotel, remaining safely open to the public.
Elementa will implement a number of key design features throughout the project, including the installation of HVRF and new systems to increase efficient operations of the hot water generation plant. Once completed, the refurbishment of the Strand will include the biggest HVRF installation in the UK, and will look to greatly maximise the hotel’s asset value of their 20 year lease – a pronounced achievement for both Elementa and the Strand Palace.