City Centre Hotel Moves from Fixed Walls to Flexible Space
The Radisson Park Inn Hotel in Peterborough is ideal for business travellers as well as visitors on holiday. For meetings and events, the hotel has three large, adaptable meeting rooms with a spacious breakout area and modern audiovisual equipment, all illuminated by natural daylight.
To create the 3 large, adaptable meeting rooms, Style worked with contractor Heritage London, and architect Jefferson Sheard. Previously the meeting rooms had been divided by stud walls, however to improve the hotel’s client offering and its ability to host meetings of varying capacities it was agreed to replace them with moveable walls.
DORMA Variflex was identified by Style as being the best solution, because it offers ease of manoeuvre, an endless choice of finishes, sound reductions of up to Rw 60 dB and a 30 minute fire rating.
The Variflex panels also come separate to the frame, which has advantages if panels are damaged and need replacing or if the interior design changes which means just the panels, and not the whole wall, can be replaced. This has important cost advantages in the long-term.
We developed a flexible combination which means the Park Inn can now create three individual meeting rooms, or one small and one large room (by opening up two rooms into one), or open the entire area into one very large open space,” said Mike Fine Style’s director for the Midlands.
“The walls are finished in a very clean, pearl grey laminate, and when closed each has a pass door in wood veneer American oak. “By creating flexible meeting room space means hotels can maximise their revenue by running concurrent events, as well as attract larger conferences, which gives important competitive advantage against other local hospitality venues.
The Park Inn now also has the additional benefit of opening the area up for social functions such as wedding receptions bringing additional income, beyond business meetings, at the weekends and in the evenings.”
Variflex provides a wide choice of elements and stacking/parking arrangements. Its high level of flexibility means it is ideal for all scenarios, even in the case of complicated room proportions where sloping ceilings or circular spaces have to be accommodated.