Hotel Le Meridien


Bovis Lend Lease was appointed to undertake the refurbishment works for the luxury Hotel Le Meridien, located in the Heart of the Gothic centre of Barcelona in La Rambla.
The refurbishment program includes 212 guestrooms, as well as suites, meeting rooms, ball room, bar & restaurant.
This Project is challenging in terms of planning and logistics, since the hotel remains operational during the bulk of the works, closing for only three months.
Other key issues are the strategic location of the site in the centre of the city and the fact that the building is listed as part of the architectural heritage of Barcelona.
Once demolitions had started, additional structural reinforcement needs were discovered as follows:
· Lack of cross bracing on bearing walls.
· Slab reinforcement required to toilet areas due to water damage to beams.
· Foundation pads reinforced with micro piling due to excessive load.
· Column reinforcement with micro concrete sleeves to increase cross section.
· Strengthening of bearing walls required.
The Project includes the complete
refurbishment of all MEP services and the building infraestructure including:
· Roofing and waterproofing renovation.
· Façade and marble cladding repair works. (including new windows).
· Additional levels in the parking.
· Refurbishment of all the operational equipment in the hotel.
· Renovation of reception area, lobby, bar, kitchen and restaurant.
· Improvements to active and passive fire protection and the Health & Safety systems for the building.
· All HVAC, water storage and distribution, all electrical services and a new generator.
· New services for clients, such as new meeting rooms, business and fitness centre.
One of our key tasks during Pre construction stage and during the early stages of construction was Design Management, coordinating the efforts of all the consultants involved in the project.
Keeping project information up to date and keeping all parties informed has been key to the success of the project.
The hotel was closed from December ’04 to February ’05, when the main DGS and heating plantroom was completely refurbished.
This enabled the works to proceed without affecting guest comfort and ensure that services were not interrupted whilst the hotel was open.
The cooling system was completed during the month of April ’05 before summertime temperatures arrived.
The location of the hotel and other area restrictions in the area have been one of the main logistics issues affecting crane permits and deliveries.
The water systems includes “state of the art” water pasteurisation to fight legionella infection to the sanitary water installation.
After the three months closure the first two new guestrooms floors were handed over totally refurbished and operating.
The Public areas and Back of House have been affected by the unexpected structural reinforcement and have been delayed.
However, due to the flexibility of the Construction Management procurement system, this delay has not affected the remaining areas.
Work is due to commence in these areas in July ’05, following completion of the tender process.
The extensive additional scope, predominantly due to the additional structural reinforcement means that the completion date will be April ’06.
All the Equipment (FF&E) is managed through an external purchasing agent, were coordinated by Bovis Lend Lease.