Holiday Inn, Wigston, Leicester

The refurbishment and re-brand of the Ramada Leicester Stage hotel to the Holiday Inn Leicester, Wigston. The hotel required a significant amount of remodelling and refurbishment to bring it up to date with the latest mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services and Holiday Inn design standards.

BSD carried out a survey of the existing MEP services to determine what facilities and infrastructure could be retained and could offer longevity over the next 20 to 25 years.  We then had to determine new loadings for gas, water, electricity based upon the requirements of the proposed renovation.

The existing building was around 35 years old and the current services were very basic. A large proportion of the systems were past their serviceable life expectancy and not suitable for a modern hotel environment. Guest rooms were heated only by electric panel heaters and current hotel requirements specify comfort cooling. The conference suites and function rooms already had basic comfort cooling but this used R22 refrigerant; which was under sized and beyond serviceable life expectancy.

Design features: –

  • Modern variable refrigerant flow (VRF) comfort cooling systems
  • A new plantroom, in an existing external building, that provided gas boilers to feed hot water storage cylinders, a cold-water storage tank and booster set
  • Retained the existing switchgear and sub mains distribution
  • The local distribution boards and local supplies to consumer units in the individual guest rooms along with the wiring
  • Replacement lighting throughout the building including compliant emergency lighting
  • A new L1 standard fire alarm system
  • New IT structured cabling system
  • New external lighting and a lightning protection system
  • The kitchen, bar area and restaurant were completely refurbished with all new MEP

Other consideration factors were external condensers, supporting the comfort cooling systems, which were located in new enclosures within the car park. Therefore, the noise output was reviewed so as not to disturb the adjoining neighbours.