St Martins Lodge, Leicester

BSD was appointed to provide mechanical and electrical engineering services for St Martins Lodge, a 28-bedroom boutique hotel in a historic location in Leicester.

As 40% of the hotel is two Grade II listed, all original internal cornices, ceilings and floors had to be retained, meaning BSD designed the building services around the structure of the existing Georgian building. BSD’s designs mixed traditional and modern installation.

To meet listed status building regulations, air conditioning equipment was also moved to the roof, where it is out of sight.

The plantroom was designed to fit within the existing basement, which has height restrictions due to a vaulted ceiling. To ensure the heating system would fit within the confinements of the basement, BSD designed a modular system for better efficiency and ease of installation.

The domestic water and hot water systems have also been centralised in the basement and BSD made provisions within the design to allow for a possible connection to the Leicester District Energy Scheme. This will mean better energy efficiency and lower running costs.

A feeder pillar electrical supply was specified, within the design specification, to allow for six future electrical vehicle (EV) charge points in the hotel car park.