The introduction of art’otel to the Grade II-listed building, almost 40 years after its closure represents a historic moment for the grand architecture of the power station. The modernisation of the building has breathed new life into Electric Boulevard, ‘[playing] an integral role in the vibrant new riverside neighbourhood [they’re] creating.’ Inspired by the contrast of Battersea Power Station’s history and heritage against the building’s future as the centre of a new cultural district in London, award-winning Jamie Hayon chose a bold and bright scheme for the interior. This reflected the unique design of the hotel, consisting of curved glass and a structure that snakes along the new promenade.
From the beginning of the project, the installation of the corner glazing was clearly a job for specialist tools. The large glazing units followed the unusual shape of the building, making regular glass vacuum lifters an unsuitable solution. When it came to the installation of the large corner units the customer required a tailored lifting solution from GGR Group.
At almost 90˚ and 1200kg the glass corners were proving difficult to install underneath the existing slabs. Combined with the size of the building’s overhangs the units required tools that could provide the strength and support needed for the awkward shape of the window and a way to tackle the issue of being unable to install the glass from above.
Our experts at GGR Group tailored a solution for the customer, providing them with all the necessary information that proved our products could perform the lift as needed. Using our Libro 3000 Overhang Beam with a Corner Lifter and 2 DSZ2 Glass Vacuum Lifters the products were the key to finishing the project flawlessly.
The Libro 3000 with a Corner Lifter gave the customer the reach and angles needed for the installation, with up to a 4.1-metre overhang capability and up to 90˚ angles achieved. The 2 DSZ2’s provided a combined lifting power of up to 1500kg and supported the glass from either side of the glass.
The unique abilities of GGR Group’s products provided a great benefit to the project as the artistic feature windows could now be installed with precision. The tailored combination of tools brought the weight close to the SWL of the tower crane being used, making it likely that without GGR’s help, the customer may have had to invest in a stronger crane to safely lift the corner glass units. Our unique tools saved the customer time and money on this large project.
The close proximity of art’otel to the Network Rail also added a challenge to the job, preventing the customer from freely choosing the larger lifting solutions they needed. The impact of GGR Group’s tools meant there was no need to consider other lifting solutions as these ideal compact lifters would not affect the difficulties of the proximity to the Network Rail.
Thanks to GGR Group’s innovative lifting solutions the customer was able to install the corner glazing units on schedule. The efficiency of each product created a smooth transition of the glazing from crane to building, the radio remote control allowing adjustment of the overhang beam if needed. art’otel opened on the 12th of December 2022 with a soft launch, introducing the creative architecture and skilfully installed windows to the public.
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