R G Carter completed a new city centre Premier Inn, which was previously the renowned Southampton Park Hotel. The project has regenerated this part of the city, with a modern building which overlooks the city Watts Park.
The new hotel consists of 146 bedrooms and 132 seater restaurant, covering six stories with staggered roof lines, this is the largest Premier Inn R G Carter has constructed to date. The site team were able to overcome the challenges created from the limited site space and delivery restrictions by implementing a robust delivery schedule with sub-contractors and suppliers by forward planning.
The building consisted of CFA piling, along with a Metsec lightweight steel frame, with Panels manufactured off site, then delivered on artic Lorries and craned into position this reducing construction time on site. The external facades are made up of a jub insulated render system, rain-screen cladding along with bronze expanded metal mesh. A tower crane was situated within a lift shaft due to the restricted space available, which created different challenges with water tightness and being able to complete the roofing works in time to enable the internals to proceed on programme. Through hard work and planning this site team were able to come many obstacles to deliver the project on time to a high standard.
The build has being designed and constructed to meet a BREEAM Excellent rating, with various energy saving construction method being adopted including air source heat pumps and sedum green roofs across all levels.
The site management team provided local work experience from the Southampton Solent University and surrounding area. Along with carrying out lectures to the local Polygon secondary school on construction careers and at the Solent University on the use of Metsec frames (Modern method of Construction). Whilst on site the team also arranged with the local Scout association to carry out some improvements to the scout hut, installing a new suspended ceiling, lights and floor tiles.