The Radisson Park Inn Hotel in Peterborough has made use of a Style movable partitioning solution in the construction of its new conference, event and meeting facilities.
Collaborating with contractor, Heritage London, and architect Jefferson Sheard, Style recommended dividing the spacious functions area with Dorma Variflex sliding panels, creating three large meeting rooms and a break-out area that all benefit from an abundance of natural light.
Ideally located for business travellers, as well as visitors to the area, the Radisson Park Inn Hotel recognised that three stud wall divided meeting rooms did not allow it to maximise profits from hiring income.
“Since Style’s movable walls were installed nine months ago, we have significantly increased the hiring revenue,” says Simon Smith, general manager at the hotel. “The system is very flexible and allows us to quickly divide the rooms into private areas to meet the requirements of a wide variety of groups.”
Further extending the functionality of the space to the evenings and weekends, the area can now be opened out to create an attractive venue for weddings and social events, in turn allowing the hotel to compete in a highly lucrative sector that was previously unobtainable.
Apart from being easy to manoeuvre, Dorma Variflex delivers exceptional privacy to divided areas, with sound reduction of up to Rw 60dB, and also has a 30 minute fire rating if required. A long-term solution, the Variflex panels can be separated from the frame, allowing individual units to be replaced if damage should occur.
The Radisson Park Inn Hotel currently has the panels finished in a very clean, pearl grey laminate, and when closed each has a pass door with a contrasting wood veneer American oak finish. When the interior decor needs updating, however, it is a simple matter of changing the panel finishes, without having to replace the whole wall structure.
“Variflex provides a wide choice of elements and stacking/parking arrangements,” explains Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands. “The system’s particularly high level of flexibility makes it ideal for many scenarios, even in the case of complicated room proportions where sloping ceilings or circular spaces have to be accommodated.”