The Preston office of structural engineer TRP Consulting has been appointed to work on Blackpool’s first five-star hotel.
The firm specialises in providing civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancy services and will be using all its experience to help deliver the new hotel, which will be built in the shadow of the resort’s iconic tower.
They will be working with a pair of Lancashire firms in builder Warden Construction and architects Frank Whittle Partnership to deliver the new Sands Venue Resort Hotel.
The multi-million pound development is the latest in a series of major hotel contracts that TRP has been appointed to. It is also part of a multi-disciplinary team working on plans to redevelop and re-open the Grade II-listed Park Hotel in Preston – originally built as the sister hotel to Manchester’s famous Midland.
In Blackpool, The Sands Venue Resort 96-bedroom hotel and leisure development represents a significant move up-market for the Lancashire resort’s hotel sector and is due to open in summer 2019.
It will have large penthouse suites on the corner aspects of the building to provide spectacular views out over the Prom and the Irish Sea. The hotel is being created by development firm Coolsilk.
TRP Consulting director Geoff Wilks said: “This is an exciting project for Blackpool and we’re looking forward to playing our part in what will be a real step-change for accommodation in the resort.
“It is another sign of the great regeneration work going on in Blackpool. The site is not without its challenges, being so near to the Tower and right on the Promenade, but once completed the development will be a fantastic addition to the famous Golden Mile.”
The project includes a vertical extension to an existing building in a sensitive planning area next to Blackpool Tower. Right on the seafront, there are also environmental and weather challenges that will have to be faced.
Geoff says the team is working to overcome those challenges, which also include access to a confined the site during the construction stage.
He said: “When it comes to the building, we are looking at creating a lightweight vertical extension. A steel framed structure will form the exoskeleton around the existing building.
“Exposed diagonal bracing will mimic the Tower’s structure and transmit horizontal forces to the existing basement walls.
“Internal floors will be put together from small components that can be lifted into place without continued reliance on cranes, because of the impact of the wind off the sea on the lifting process.
“We are also developing a sequence of work that will allow floor construction to follow the completion of the roof and façade of the building.”
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