A creative approach to upgrading a 1960’s giant

The Park Plaza Hotel in Leeds has occupied a prime location outside Leeds railway station since 1966. Soaring over the city, the 21-storey tower was once the tallest building in Leeds.

Originally an office block, it was converted into a hotel in 2004 when a new podium area was added to the base of the tower to house a restaurant, bar and meeting rooms.

Working with the client’s engineer and facade consultant we developed the design for a new rainscreen facade and carrier system. The concrete precast infill panels on the building facade used in the original construction were not capable of supporting a new facade system. We came up with an innovative solution using a floor-to-floor spanning Hilti rail carrier system for the new rainscreen.

The rainscreen we selected included non-combustible, thermally efficient rockwool insulation and cavity barriers were installed to comply with fire and building regulations.

The hotel remained fully open throughout the project and now has a sleek, modern exterior to match its stylish, contemporary décor inside.

Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds

Our Role: Principal Contractor
Size: 3,200m²
Programme: 43 Weeks
Completion: February 2020