The Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites development combines two similarly sized buildings, one for four-star hotel accommodation and the other for residential use.

They comprise two basement levels for parking, and ground, mezzanine and seven upper floors — served in common by centralised infrastructure. Swimming pools are located on level one of the hotel building and level four of the serviced apartments.

Both buildings are concrete frame, with a flat slab floor system supported on concrete walls and blade columns. The aims of the structural design included minimising floor depths and maximising formwork reuse. Long span transfer beams are used to achieve various architectural design elements.

For this project, the client is the main contractor and operator. Optioneering has been fundamental to finding the best solutions on the client’s behalf for all building services systems, through balancing capital and projected operational costs. Efficiency measures include the hot water production system, energy for which is generated by the use of heat recovery by the air-cooled chillers.