Altitude Glass have designed and are now rolling out the fitting of 207 bespoke shower enclosure screens, over 12 floors, in a contemporary hotel in Liverpool.
Following a successful trial installation in one room, and a few design adjustments, we were commissioned to carry out this exciting project in the locally renowned Echo Building, which is situated on Old Hall Street in the city centre and is the former home of the Liverpool Echo and Post newspapers.
The shower enclosures are a striking design feature of the open-plan bedrooms. The en-suite area itself is divided up by a dwarf wall topped with a Corian ledge. Due to the Corian ledge, the glass required a bespoke channel solution and notching in the panels. Consideration was also needed on the proportion of the shower screen door, because of its proximity to the showerhead and outside sink.
The glass is half-sandblasted, which requires precision in the drawing stage and throughout the entire manufacture process in order to ensure this design detail is at a consistent height across the shower enclosure’s four panels. The fixtures and fittings, including hinges, handles and towel rails, are also key components that must be consistent in their positioning.
Since being back on site in August, following a break in the building’s renovation due to Covid-19, we have commenced the measuring, CAD drawing and manufacturing of all 207 screens. Installation of the glass has begun on the lower floors with ongoing deliveries throughout October and November. The ironmongery supply is also being closely monitored and managed to ensure no delays.
All 207 screens are bespoke sizes. Due to the nature of the product being specified to be as slimline as possible, there is very little tolerance in the glass panel sizes, so each room has been channelled out and accurately measured.
Logistically, the process of delivering the right panels to their respective rooms is also a challenge. All potential issues were identified, and solutions developed, during the initial planning phase of the project. A team of lifters hoist the stillages of glass up to each floor level and then deliver to the specified rooms. This enables the fitting team to focus on the installation and to move swiftly from one room, when finished, on to the next.
We plan, in detail, this type of installation and accommodate all aspects of the design and delivery requirements.
The finished product is a contemporary glass shower enclosure, which combines style and functionality.