The Palace Hotel, Manchester
Iconic Manchester landmark hotel.
Project 1898 is the brand of a new British hospitality company following the acquisition by Starwood Capital of Principal Hayley and a number of other hotel groups.
Hulley & Kirkwood were appointed as consulting engineers by Starwood Hotels Group for the £7m refurbishment of The Palace Hotel in Manchester to try to recapture the “glory days” and move away from the “corporate and lifeless” feel they believe it had taken on in recent years.
The hotel comprises of three main buildings with “Waterhouse Way” running through the heart of the buildings. All the reception, restaurant and conferencing facilities make up the lower floors with bedroom accommodation on the floors above.
Plantrooms are located on various levels throughout the hotel. Significant changes were made to M&E services throughout the building including in the basement where the existing sub-station & LV distribution needed to be upgraded to suit the new kitchen layouts and Excalibur conference design. A new 1MVA transformer was required to cope with the additional demand from the hotel. The new Excalibur conference area which had originally been supplied separately from the main hotel needed to be incorporated within the LV upgrade. A new panel board in the basement of Building C was utilised to consolidate the existing bedroom distribution boards and provide a means of integrating the additional supplies for the Excalibur refurbishment.
The architectural lighting for the refurbishment was carried out by a lighting design specialist with H&K providing support for the lighting controls and detailing circuitry installation.