CASE STUDY: Salutation Hotel
Salutation Hotel & Spa, Cumbira
Passenger Lift - Bespoke
Installing a lift in our 17th century hotel seemed an impossible project, until we came to IKONIC Lifts. They used their engineering know how to come up with a solution that was not only functional but elegant and in keeping with the rest of the building. The lift now adds to the hotel and has become another chapter in the life of the building.
The Salutation Hotel and Spa is a luxurious Hotel in the heart of the market town of Ambleside in the Lake District. This 17th century hotel has 49 elegant rooms, a restaurant and a number of reception rooms and a restaurant where guests, both leisure and business, spend their time.
The Salutation Hotel wanted a lift to service their 49 rooms and cross section of guests but due to the age of the building they not only had no lift but had no space for a lift shaft to be installed.
THE CHALLENGE - No Lift Shaft
Due to the age of the Hotel a pre-existing lift shaft did not exist in the 17th century building and space was limited.
OUR SOLUTION - No Lift Shaft
In the absence of a pre-existing lift shaft in the 17th century building, our engineers used their sophisticated thought process to use the inner core of the dog leg, spiral stair case as the shaft footprint - creating an aesthetic feature of the lift shaft.
THE CHALLENGE - Sympathetic Finishes
The period of the property meant it had many original features and the lift needed to complement its surroundings - specifically the mahogany hand rail which ran along the staircase and so around the space which was to be used for the lift shaft
OUR SOLUTION - Sympathetic Finishes
Our project managers sourced a coating process in Italy which enabled us to have the aluminium profiles of the lift finished in mahogany. The Cab was clad in Alcantara leather with removable panels so whilst at the time it perfectly reflected the luxury of the architecture of its surroundings it is also easy to update as time goes by.
THE CHALLENGE - Hotel Guests
Guests were staying at the hotel the entire time of the install and the process itself needed to have a minimum impact on their stay and the hotel staff’s working day.
OUR SOLUTION - Hotel Guests
In order to cause minimum impact on all guests at the hotel the roof of the hotel was taken off and the lift was place in the designated space by a crane resulting in only a 3 hour block on the staircase.
THE CHALLENGE - Time and Space
There would be minimum space within the hotel to assemble the parts of the lift as well as affecting the lives of the guests in the hotel.
OUR SOLUTION - Time and Space
It was decided that creating and building the lift within its own self-supporting, aluminium and glass shaft structure at our partner manufacturers in Germany and shipping it over as a whole structure was the most time efficient solution.
The lift was installed with minimum impact on guests and staff and thoroughly reflected the luxurious, traditional atmosphere of the hotel. It took just 24 hours to be up and running and the stairs were only inaccessible for a minimum 3 hour timeframe.