Windows, doors and curtain walling manufactured and installed by CMS Window Systems have helped to ensure the stunning new Grand Hotel in Belfast, which towers over the city as Ireland’s tallest commercial building, delivers on its promise of excellent aesthetics with superior comfort and energy efficiency.
The £53m development by the Hastings Hotel Group, which opened recently to widespread acclaim from tourism leaders and travel industry experts, is an iconic new 23-storey four-star hotel that has transformed a redundant 1970s office block in the heart of Belfast.
According to Hastings, the 300-room hotel’s design is inspired by the original Grand Central Hotel on Royal Avenue in Belfast. The result is a contemporary reincarnation of a Victorian hotel, with a blend of design, service and style fused with glamour and grandeur. Its restaurant and bar on the first-floor honours Belfast’s maritime history too, named the Seahorse Bar & Bistro, with additional hospitality spaces on the ground floor in the form of The GC, Grand Café.
Working for main contractor GRAHAM, CMS Window Systems was appointed to manufacture and install an extensive mix of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling. The specification was designed to ensure the fenestration delivered on multiple objectives to reflect the significance and quality of the new hotel, including clean sightlines and slim framing for maximum visual appeal and thermal and acoustic insulation for total customer satisfaction.
CMS manufactured curtain walling, soffits and doors for the podium section of the new building using Metal Technology’s System 4-35/5-35. This contemporary three storey extension fronts onto Bedford Street, James Street South and Franklin Street and provides the main ground level entrance, lobby and reception areas to the hotel.
Stephen Anderson, Aluminium Contracts Director at CMS Window Systems said: “We’re delighted to have worked with GRAHAM on this exciting new hotel development, which will undoubtedly strengthen Belfast’s growing international reputation as a top tourist destination.”