Installer: G & H Group
Structural engineer: Buro Happold
Project value: £6.8 million
Type of works: supply of EOS steel frame systems.
EOS extraneous frame solutions underpin the façade on Travelodges latest innovation scheme. The 307-room Heathrow Travelodge, and 120-bed Uxbridge Travelodge have been constructed using a new modular build technique, pioneered by Verbus Systems. High-strength steel shipping containers are prepared in China with plasterboard walls, electrics and bathrooms already in place before they are transported to the UK. On-site, the containers are simply bolted together, the modules are decorated and the exterior is cladded. Integral to the completed hotel is the EOS steel frame onto which external cladding is secured using a unique façade stud and track system.
EOS uses the latest technology and techniques to develop systems suitable for the most innovative construction projects. The company's involvement in the construction of Europes first shipping container hotels is testimony to its ability to meet the demands of pioneering ventures. The success of the Travelodge build proves how engaging in modern construction methods can lead to a host of business benefits. Pursuing innovation has helped Travelodge achieve reduced build costs and enhanced efficiencies; hotels can be opened earlier and enhanced revenue returns realized. Challenges inherent in restrictive sites could also be overcome with far less disruption than a traditional build technique would allow.
EOS façade stud-and-track system is a contributing factor in achieving a building that is more robust than one that has been traditionally framed, and more immune to defects caused by shrinkage and movement.
To realize cost gains and enhanced return on investment, speed and efficiency were crucial. A tight deadline was set for building the hotel, ready to trade. With a commendable record in rapid delivery and consistent reliability EOS could deliver the speed and certainty required to achieve the revolutionary level of efficiency associated with this modern construction method.
The EOS façade stud-and-track system is supplied to required lengths and is typically applied to a primary framework of either hot-rolled steel or reinforced concrete to form the substructure (hot-rolled steel in this case). Once all modules were in place, and the substructure completed, the Travelodge hotels were finished with a traditional brickwork, render or cladding exterior and a pitched roof.
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