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by Jennie Ward

Proteus GL installed by Alu-fix (UK) on facade of new London hotel.

England’s first Hub by Premier Inn hotel to be situated outside of Zone 1 in London has become the latest development to feature striking back painted glass rainscreen cladding panels by Proteus Facades.

Owned by Whitbread, the new 89-bedroom hotel based in West Brompton is a landmark opening for the company, which is currently working to expand its Hub portfolio, a new generation of compact, city centre hotels with contemporary room design.

Designers, Axiom Architects, specified EN13501 certified to A2-s1,d0 fire rated Proteus GL rainscreen cladding panels for the Hub by Premier Inn because of Whitbread’s uncompromising approach to safety in all aspects of the design. Whitbread’s policy is that all materials specified for its projects must achieve at least an A2, s1-d0 fire rating.

The façade panels were installed by Alu-fix (UK) Ltd and feature on the upper elements of the building and alongside glazed sections in an AGC Lacobel Cool White finish, which complements the crisp, contemporary design of the rooms within. The panels provide a contrasting finish against a light and dark grey brickwork exterior, which together creates a striking and aesthetically pleasing facade.

Proteus GL is an integrated modular rainscreen cladding system with an aluminium honeycomb core structurally bonded between a toughened back painted glass face and a lightweight metal rear skin. Each panel is supported by the unique Proteus system of aluminium carriers and ancillary components, which can be installed on to any type of wall construction, with no visible fixings, creating a sheer, smooth façade.

During the design process, Proteus Facades worked closely with Axiom Architects and main contractor Gilbert Ash Construction in a collaborative approach to identify the most suitable cladding system that met the client’s requirements. 

With fire safety being an important factor, it was significant to the project team that Proteus GL, was certified to EN13501 A2, s1-d0. At the same time, aesthetics featured highly in the selection process, with AGC’s Lacobel glass again being the preferred choice due to the crisp white finish.

Large Proteus GL cladding panels were specified for the upper elements of the building to accentuate the clean, contemporary design, creating a façade that wraps around the top storey. At 3400mm x 1450mm these panels, along with the 1590mm x 2140mm window panels (the widest that can be specified), push the limits of architectural possibilities. Utilising the expertise of the inhouse technical and fabrication teams Proteus Facades devised an ingenious method of being able to fulfil this important design requirement. 

Ongoing maintenance was an additional factor considered by the client’s facilities team, with the designers ultimately specifying Proteus GL because glass is a completely inert material that provides a virtually unlimited lifespan with minimal maintenance. Proteus GL facades are also lightweight, being up to 40 percent lighter than a typical glass structural screen, ideal for reducing weight loadings on the overall structure and creating a development with a lower carbon footprint.

Proteus GL is available in any RAL colour or can be digitally or screen printed to create a bespoke finish, offering architects a wealth of design options. It is colourfast, resists UV rays and fully tested and compliant with CWCT Standards. The glass is painted on the reverse, so wont flake or scratch.

Situated on Lillie Road, opposite the Earls Court development site, and with access to the District Underground Line and the London Overground Line, the Hub by Premier Inn West Brompton joins a number of new Hub developments in central London, providing an ideal place for a layover when staying in the city on business or for pleasure.

 www.proteusfacades.com

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