CHECKING IN AT THE VINCENT HOTEL August 2008
Levolux has ensured that staff and guests at Southport’s new £13 million Vincent Hotel, the North West’s hottest boutique destination, stay elegantly cool with a stunning Solar Shading system that delivers the perfect blend of form and function.
Listed in The Times’ Top 20 Hot Hotels for 2008, the six floor hotel is sharply styled to appeal to the chic and trendy, with its zinc and granite façade and Art Deco-style signage and lighting. The aesthetics of the building are further enhanced with Levolux’s grey powder coated, extruded aluminium Solar Shading, providing an eye-catching feature.
However, the external Solar Shading offers a lot more than just good looks. It is designed to shade the building from the sun, reducing the greenhouse effect caused by the sun’s rays entering the building through glass. By shading glazed areas, solar heat gain is controlled. As a result, guests remain comfortable through the warmer summer months and the building is more energy efficient, with less need for energy sapping air conditioning.
General Manager, Bernhard Stacher, commented “We are delighted with the Levolux Solar Shading. It not only looks great but also works effectively to help us maintain a cool comfortable environment for our staff and guests.”
To create the optimum Solar Shading solution to complement the existing structure, Levolux took the unique step of designing a bespoke method of fitting the Solar Shading to the external steel frame and to the curtain walling using customised brackets. This helped maintain the original spans while remaining true to the architect’s original design vision.
This Solar Shading solution, as with the rest of Levolux’s range of innovative solutions, is corrosion resistant and virtually maintenance free. It can also be easily adapted to meet the exact needs of the UK’s most ambitious new build schemes – all backed by Levolux’s comprehensive design, manufacture and installation package.
The Vincent Hotel opened in June to great acclaim. Located in the well-heeled seaside town of Southport, it enjoys close links to Liverpool and forms part of a £90 million regeneration programme for the area.