Finnieston Quay hotel reclad to raise fire safety standards
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April 26 2021
Owners of the Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow have come forward with plans to replace the existing cladding to improve the fire performance and appearance of the riverside block.
Sitting in the shadow of the Finnieston Crane the 164-room hotel dates from around 1999 and while the building is compliant with the technical standards of the time the applicant wishes to upgrade the building fabric to today's standards.
Overseen by Threesixty Architecture and Buro Happold Fire Engineers the work will introduce missing and incomplete fire stops while also providing an opportunity to improve thermal performance, lighting and add depth to the facade through newly formed reveals. This will see the building stripped back to blockwork by removing the existing metal cladding and supports, retaining only a base course of black terracotta tiles.
Explaining the need for action the applicant wrote: "The existing Spandrel Panels have combustible materials and are not correctly fire stopped. There is also variation between the standard spandrel panels which have a similar construction to the cladding panels and the spandrel panels to the east elevation where they are glazed with metal lining internally. It is proposed to replace all spandrel panels with correctly fire stopped panels."
By upgrading the standard of finish to monochromatic metal panels and stainless steel accents the architects aim to capture the "... industrious tones of the River Clyde to create a 'jewel box' of black, silver and reflection."
As part of the work, greater emphasis will also be placed on the main entrance with projecting signage and a canopy feature.