Altitude Glass have designed and installed 207 unique 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, located on Old Hall Street in the city centre, which is the former home of the Liverpool Echo and Post newspapers. The new hotel called innside by Melia has been opened to the public.
The bedrooms have a unique ‘open plan’ design with the ensuite area being divided off by a dwarf wall with a Corian ledge with the glass enclosure being a major design feature in the room. Due to the Corian ledge the glass required a bespoke channel solution and notching in the glass panels. Consideration was also needed on the proportion of the shower screen door, due to its proximity to the shower head and outside sink.
The glass is half-sandblasted, which requires precision in the drawing stage and throughout the entire manufacture process 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.
We measured CAD drawing and manufactured all 207 screens, incorporating a total of 845 individually pieces of glass. Installation of the glass began in stages on a rolling programme of measuring, production and then installation with 6 teams of 2 operatives working alongside the main contractor. The ironmongery supply was closely monitored and managed, to ensure no delays were encountered.
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, was also a challenge. To overcome any potential issues this was planned for in the initial stages 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, onto 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 shower enclosure, which combines style and functionality.