Project: Mercuer Windsor Hotel steel windows replacement project in 2006 in Auckland
Background: Mercure Windsor hotel is a 9 storey building situated at 48 Qeeen Street in Auckland CBD. The old steel framed single glazed windows were rusted. Most windows did not close properly. The hotel rooms were noisy and had draft problems. Some windows leaked and maintenance cost was high. The hotel owner considered replacing the windows but the cost to replace with aluminum windows was very high.
Because part of the steel frames were in the concrete wall and it would be difficult to take the steel frames out and not to damage the concrete wall around the windows. Installing aluminum windows would need scaffolding which could cost a lot to hire and setup for this multi-storey building.
The solution: In Homerit Premium Series PVC-U window system there is a solution for window replacement – renovation PVC-U window frame. The PVC-U window frame is designed to allow old window frames to remain.
Above drawing shows the installation detail. The old steel window frames were kept. The windows were all glazed onsite from the inside.
The project was done without scaffolding. The hotel ran as usual during the windows replacement process.
The new PVC-U windows are all double glazed for the heat and sound insulation benefits. It was interesting that the hotel increased rate for the room once the old steel windows in the room were replaced with new PVC-U windows.