Construction of Liverpool’s first 5 star hotel is now well advanced, following the arrival on site and installation of the prefabricated concrete panels containing more than 200 aluminium casement windows from Technal.

The fully glazed fixed light windows from Technal’s FXi46 range were fabricated by Airedale Glass and Glazing in Leeds and installed into the panels off-site in a factory in Cambridgeshire, improving accuracy, quality and significantly reducing the build time. The 8m long pre-finished white acid etched panels were then craned into position on site in Liverpool.

This highly innovative method of construction, which is also being used for the adjacent 30-storey tower, has reduced the time required to build a weathertight structure, and removed the requirement for external scaffolding, brick cladding and blockwork trades. The panels are also designed to remove visible joints in the hotel bedrooms.

The 10-storey hotel is part of the £55m flagship Beetham Tower development on the site of the former St Paul’s Eye Hospital – the largest building project currently underway in Liverpool, which is due for completion in Spring 2004.

Designed by Aedas AHR, developed by the Beetham Organization and built by Carillion, the tower will provide 126 apartments and 9 exclusive penthouses. This is the tallest new residential building in the North West and will be linked to the 200-bedroom Radisson SAS hotel.

Airedale Glass and Glazing won the £1.5m contract for the scheme in partnership with architectural aluminium systems specialist, Technal. Airedale will fabricate 1,800 sqm of Technal’s MC facetted curtain walling and 330 FXi46 casement windows for the hotel and the tower.

The windows for the apartments use a specially adapted heavy duty section to meet the wind loading requirements for the tower. The system was tested at Technal’s UK product development centre in Leeds and achieved in excess of 2000 Pa for wind resistance and 600 Pa for water tightness.

FXi46 aluminium windows