Hotel winter garden

Steel Window Association member Cotswold Casements Company recently played a part in the phased £20 million refurbishment of both private rooms and the public spaces of the newly named The Principal Hotel in Manchester.

Cotswold began by tackling the restaurant and winter garden where operatives installed large screens as well as double and single doors to divide what was once the trading hall of a major insurance company. Then, in the bedrooms, they installed single doors which link in the en-suite bathrooms.

“The winter garden is housed inside a glass atrium cascading with natural sunlight,” the hotel’s management said. “In contrast to the relaxed restaurant, the airy space will retain a sense of elegance as it plays host to afternoon teas.”

Architect Luke Rowett said: “The doors in the majority of the bedrooms, which Cotswold Casements has supplied, were chosen primarily to allow more play of light between the two spaces. The glazed steel framed doors are more permeable and interesting than a solid door while the obscure glazing still provides privacy.”

For the winter garden Cotswold Casements produced 57 fixed screens with three pairs of double doors and two single doors all fabricated using W20 steel sections, finished in RAL 9004 matt and glazed with 4mm clear toughened safety glass. Some of the screens featured ‘satin nova’ obscure glass to offer privacy.

The bathroom doors within the 20 guest suites were also produced using W20 steel sections in the same polyester powder coat finish, but they were glazed with 4mm thick reeded toughened glass.