Naco, part of Ruskin Air Movement, has helped make sure The Savoy looks the part following its ground-breaking £100 million restoration.
Improvements to the hotel include a refit for all of its 268 bedrooms, nine floors, reception and extensive lift system. Naco’s louvres, which have been designed to fit in with the grandeur and style of the building, cover unsightly plant on the roof of the 6th and 8th floor.
Supplied in Knock-Down (KD) form and built up on site, the acoustic louvres and doors hide a plant room on the 6th floor; and on the 8th, lean back louvres do a similar job. Throughout the building, Naco restored existing louvres, matching new blades and brackets with their original counterparts.
Due the prestigious nature of the project, only suppliers of the highest calibre were chosen to ensure the hotel was brought up-to-date in a way that was appropriate and sympathetic to its 200 year-old heritage.
Due to the age of the building and the exacting requirements of the renovation, it was not without its complications. Jeff Cooper, Senior Surveyor for the Chorus Group, which oversaw the restoration, explains: “As we stripped the building back, unforeseen problems were revealed, particularly with the existing mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems. To this end, any suppliers we used had to react quickly to meet the continually changing requirements of the job.
“Naco proved to be a great asset, taking alterations to the brief in its stride; contributing their design and engineering expertise to ensure the louvres did their job, while also concealing equipment that would otherwise be visible and ruin the look of the building.”