An extensive tiling project – completed by G F Holding Tiling using a Mapei preparation and fixing system – features at Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village. Totalling over 2000sqm, the installation spans the main reception area and rest rooms at the hotel and includes a range of porcelain tile designs.
The Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village is said to be the highest hotel in Liverpool and Novotel’s first UK location to offer “long-stay” apartment-style accommodation. It’s also the first in the region with a wheelchair-accessible room. Forming part of a new £1bn local development within the city’s Knowledge Quarter, the hotel was designed by Ryder Architecture, with project managers Faithful+Gould, and constructed by Morgan Sindall Construction. It’s also the first hotel in the UK to feature the brand’s updated global design concept by international design and architecture studio, the Sundukovy Sisters.
The building spans 16-storeys and includes 221 bedrooms; it is owned by Liverpool City Council, franchised by Novotel-brand owner, Accor, and managed by Legacy Hotels & Resorts on the council’s behalf.
G F Holding Tiling Ltd’s installation – within the reception area, and ground, first and second floor rest rooms – was completed with Mapei preparation products, adhesives and grout. The specification included Latexplan Trade smoothing compound, a protein-free, low odour leveller with high compressive strength which was used to level the existing screed. Mapetex anti-fracture membrane was also used, bonded with Keraquick S1 – said to be a quick-setting, very low VOC deformable cementitious adhesive – and mixed with Latex Plus, an admixture which increases flexibility to S2 classification. Tiles were installed using Keraflex Maxi S1, a deformable standard setting cementitious adhesive which reportedly provided benefits including an extended open time. The installation was completed with Ultracolor Plus grout, which Mapei describes as an anti-efflorescence, quick-setting and drying polymer-modified formulation which features water-repellent DropEffect and mould-resistant BioBlock technologies.