Radisson Hotel, Guildford

Hotel and Leisure

Value engineering of a three storey basement which was delivered eleven weeks ahead of programme and £1m under budget. There was also an additional £6m saving on the structural frame.

The project included the part-demolition and part-refurbishment of the existing Guildford Hotel, along with a large new build element. The hotel accommodation is arranged over 6 storeys over ground floor lobbies, restaurant, leisure facilities, and a 3 storey basement car park.  The lower storeys were constructed as traditional concrete frame with spans up to 15m founded on pad foundations on the underlying chalk. The  upper floors were constructed as modular pre-cast concrete elements all transferred at first floor. The basement was constructed, as far as possible, using near vertical open cut excavations within the chalk. We worked in conjunction with Card Geotechnics to value engineer the  scheme using our in-depth knowledge of the local ground conditions to justify the excavation approach and the use pad foundations in lieu of the originally proposed piles. This, along with other cost measures, contributed to £7m of savings on the original cost plan. This project won Best Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Project in the UK at the 2011 Ground Engineering Awards.  “…engineering on this project made the scheme viable, and was imaginative, innovative and bold.” Judging panel of Ground Engineering Awards 2011

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Key Facts

  • Client: Galliford Try
  • Location: Guildford, Surrey
  • Year: 2011
  • Summary:
    A 4* 185 room hotel development in Guildford town centre. It also incorporates a further 38 residential apartments, a car park and a three storey basement.

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