World famous hotel – Cafe Royal, originally conceived in 1865 by french wine merchant Daniel Nicholas Thévenon, has undergone a major makeover at the hands of David Chipperfield Architects.
Located on Regent Street in the very heart of London city, it was once known to house the greatest wine cellar in the world and was regularly frequented by royalty such as Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother as well as celebrities and politicians including Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Elizabeth Taylor and Muhammad Ali.
As part of The Crown Estate’s £1 billion investment programme to redevelop Regent Street, the property was acquired by The Set and closed in 2008 while it was radically restored over the four year period.
Now the hotel features 159 rooms, an array of dining venues, a private members club, high-tech meeting rooms, a wellbeing spa and a gym with an 18-metre luxury swimming pool. Stainless steel specialists Component Developments had various types of products specified throughout different stages of the project.
With a long history of producing quality building products while also offering hands on support throughout the projects, Component Developments were able to guide both the specifiers and the on-site contractors to achieve exactly what was required for such a building.
To start with, 26 large stainless steel gully pots were installed in 2010 throughout various kitchens and wet areas, each with 110mm vertical waste outlets. Many of these included removable waste baskets, odour traps and rodding ports where necessary.
Following on, in 2011 a further 20 stainless steel drainage channels were installed in the main kitchen, the members kitchen, holding area, stores and laundry, in lengths up to 9.5 metres. Each to suit a concrete and tiled floor finish and topped with an open mesh, anti-slip grating.
Also installed were various stainless steel recessed access covers throughout. The smallest in size being 400 x 400mm with larger ones up to 1000mm in length. To make access to the larger manholes easier, 2 covers were fitted into a single frame. All frames where 304 grade material, double sealed and complete with lifting keys and double locking.
As well as supplying drainage solutions, towards the end stages of the project Component Developments where also able to supply buffer rails, skirting and corner guards, all made from stainless steel and supplied in 2,500mm lengths with butt joints where necessary. A combined total of 1152 linear metres was used.
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