Hotels and Leisure
ibis Hotel at Luton Airport
Banyards have completed the Client Commissioning Validation role on the new ibis Budget Hotel at Luton Airport for the developer SKPB.
Banyards were engaged by GVA Second London Wall to carry out the commissioning validation role of this new hotel which comprises of 7 storeys, with front and back of house accommodation located at ground floor with 8 guestrooms. Each of the six floors accommodates a further 21 guestrooms, providing 134 guest rooms in total. Rooms provide a bath/shower room, a desk, a double or two single beds, wardrobe space, and international and local channels on the television.
Founded in 1974 ibis is one of the leading budget international hotel brands with over 2000 hotels through 65 countries. From 1997, ibis was the first economy hotel brand to be quality certified ISO 9001, an international standard outlining its commitment to service quality, the standard brand is equivalent to a two- to three-star hotel.
The restoration of the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room is the next step of improvements in the Southbank Centre’s ongoing programme of upgrading its performance spaces to meet the exacting requirements of 21st century arts buildings.
The project includes installing a new multiple pyramid-profiled, glazed roofing system to the Hayward and Purcell buildings. The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room auditoria will be refurbished providing better access; substantial upgrading of the stages, galleries and back stage areas, and to preserve the character of the venues, the walls, floors and ceilings are being renovated and existing seats are being retained and restored. Other features include upgrading the building services such as plant, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, water supply, and specialist stage lighting and the installation of new fire alarms, security and IT cabling.
New areas will be created with new glazing on the south western corner of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the rear undercroft area adjacent to the existing Purcell Room artists’ entrance.
Initial works are underway and the project is due to complete in May 2017.
Anfield Football Stadium
Working with Imtech North to deliver Commissioning Management services on the expansion of Anfield Football Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club. An innovative construction programme will maintain much of the existing main stand in operation throughout the project.
The first phase will involve adding a third tier to the Main Stand, providing an additional 8,500 seats, taking the Anfield capacity to around 54,000. With more than 3,000 tonnes of steel already erected at Anfield, the Main Stand expansion project is on schedule for completion during the 2016-17 season – creating one of the largest single stands in European football.
The second phase will then see the Anfield Road Stand be expanded to add a further 4,800 seats.
Whitworth Art Gallery
Banyard Consultants has provided the on-site based support to oversee the final commissioning of the M&E systems at the Whitworth Art Gallery - Manchester for ISG, from January 2015 to May 2015.
David Culshaw lead the project for Banyard Consultants; monitoring the commissioning progress against the activity schedules, witnessing all M&E systems; inclusive of Fire Alarm Cause & Effect, Emergency lighting, Electrical testing, DWS and HVAC systems including the interfaces with several sustainability systems (air tubes and solar systems) prior to offer to the client’s team, and proactively completed the site quality commissioning folder that collated all commissioning certificates, witnessing and reports into one central location helping to provide a seamless sign-off for ISG at the project handover.
ISG said: "David’s technical knowledge and experience across all M&E systems was a major asset and we were able to rely on his full support and recommendations to identify and rectify any issues that arose."
The £15 million redevelopment, which has been supported by a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant, The University of Manchester, Arts Council England and other funders, has doubled public space and created state-of-the-art new facilities including expanded gallery spaces, a study centre, learning studio, and a collections centre.