Striking and practical – these are the key assets of the newly installed windows at the Cardiff East Premier Travel Inn, where the revolutionary Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass was recently installed to both the front and back elevations. Clearly visible from the nearby dual carriageway, the new Premier Travel Inn was transformed by Whitbread from a former Holiday Inn.
The decision was made by Axiom Architects in conjunction with the client to use the Pilkington Activ™ glass for both practical and aesthetic reasons, as Ray Churchill from Axiom Architects explains. “There was no practical equipment installed to allow safe external cleaning of windows,” he comments. “With the large glazed areas, lack of existing safe access installation and the recent Working At Height Directive, cleaning from outside was not a possibility. A limited proportion of the glazing was required to open for ventilation, so to make all windows openable solely for cleaning from within was prohibitively expensive. Pilkington Activ™ offered the ideal solution – a self cleaning glass that is also available with a blue tint to reduce solar gain. This was valuable on the south facing elevation where previously rooms had suffered from overheating.” The blue tint was also visually highly compatible with the white panelled envelope of the concrete framed structure.
“The use of the Pilkington Activ™ and Activ™ Blue in this commercial venture has proven extremely successful,” comments Paul Graham of main contractors, Vale Building Services. “The proven functionality of the product complies with all health and safety guidelines, including the Working at Height Directive, and also provides a very striking, eye-catching focus, particularly for motorists passing on the dual carriageway when the light catches the glass!”
Now completed and open for business, the new Premier Travel Inn joins Whitbread’s existing portfolio, and with the use of Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass, offers technologically advanced glass that enhances the external appearance and eliminates the headache of the risks associated with cleaning at height.