Cast Stone Cills and Band Courses for New Premier Inn Hotel
Location of Project
Procter has supplied cast stone cills and band course for the construction of a new hotel in central London. Over 50 tonnes of cast stone cills and band course products were supplied, with Procter working closely with the architect and attending site meetings to ensure that the bespoke units were manufactured as economically as possible, and that the quality was not compromised though careless site handling and installation.
In addition to advising on the manufacturability of the design features, Procter Cast Stone worked closely with the architect to ensure that the cast stone units mounted correctly on the support bracketry. Several site meetings were attended before and during installation, with a particular issue being scheduled deliveries; storage space on site was extremely limited, so it was important that deliveries were neither early nor late.
Working to the architect’s drawings, Procter Cast Stone developed manufacturing drawings from which the moulds were made by the company’s in-house team of skilled joiners. The units were then cast, with reinforcement and threaded bosses for lifting eyes incorporated where appropriate.
This project for an international hotel chain illustrates the way in which the judicious use of cast stone decorative features can transform the appearance of a building, achieving maximum impact for minimal cost and effort. Quarried stone has traditionally been associated with important, high-quality buildings, so cast stone is a straightforward way for a building to benefit from this association but at a fraction of the cost.
Manufacturing was straightforward, with the more challenging aspect of the project being the limited space on site and therefore the need for multiple deliveries at specific times.
What did Our Client Say
“We were very pleased with the professional way in which the order was processed, from the shop drawing production and approval, to the quality of the final product which was delivered to our programme. I would highly recommend Procter for dry cast stone.” – Gerard O Connor, Bennett Construction