Number of Floors: 7
Number of Modules: 186
Number of Bedrooms: 307
At the time of its completion the Travelodge at Heathrow was the largest modular hotel in the world. Confidence in the V-System had grown based on the successful execution of the Warminster and Uxbridge contracts and CIMC were involved earlier in the design process which led to more efficient design not only for the modules but also the supporting steel frame required to provide under croft parking.
Challenges and Resolutions:
Situated directly under one of the main flight paths into Heathrow airport, the lifting plan and construction sequence for this hotel had to be carefully coordinated with the British Aviation Authority at all times. The acoustic requirements for this hotel was far in excess of a typical build due to aircraft noise. A concrete slab was laid on the top of the completed stack of modules to helpd eflect this noise and the excellent acoustic isolation between each unitensured the client’s requirements were fully met. Even with the lifting restrictions the main contractor completed this modular hotel 8 weeks earlier than if it was built traditionally.
With a large open plan Bar Café area on the first floor the adjacent modules required spacer frames fixed above them in order to provide a level surface. The mix of materials to the building’s envelope was intended to help reduce the massing of the hotel and included aluminium panels, cedar cladding, render and masonry.
Upon practical completion Travelodge began to consider the real benefit of modular construction and looked at larger 600+ bed schemes. The relationship with Travelodge remains strong.