Opened in the Spring of 1854, the St. George’s Hotel was the first modern building to be erected on the promenade at Llandudno. Built by a local pub landlord, Isaiah Davies; he acquired the original plot of land on the promenade as cover for a wealthy man's drinking debts. At the time of it's opening the St. George's Hotel was the only hotel in Wales to feature a lift, which remains a feature to this day. The hotel also featured the town's first bus service; this important landmark has been extended several times and has hosted several high-profile guests including Winston Churchill. The hotel today remains current and recently won the AA Hotel of the Year for Wales.
After a successful planning application in 2016 an ambitious eight-month building project started in November last year. Finally completed, the St George’s Hotel roof development created five brand new luxury balcony bedrooms that now proudly sit on the new top level of the hotel. The project saw the roof completely removed from the 163-year-old building and raised by two metres in order to accommodate the five exclusive new rooms.
Before the existing roof structure could be striped the façade of the historic seafront hotel had to be covered from top to bottom in scaffolding and provided with basic waterproofing protection by tarpaulin sheets. The videos below from the hotel's own YouTube channel provides a time-lapse view of how the project began.
Polyroof's 185 System was decided upon as the best waterproofing option for the hotel roof as the membrane wouldn't just be withstanding rainfall, but footfall in the balcony areas too. 'Light Battleship Grey' coloured 185 was laid directly to 18mm Metsa Spruce II/III plywood in conjunction with a warm roof system in both roof and balcony areas. 40mm Kingspan K7 insulation board was also used within the system to provide the roof with a U-value in concurrence with current regulations. The roofing works were carried out by Polyroof Approved Contractor PNW Roofing, who created a seamless waterproof membrane to encapsulate the roof, all the outlets and parapet walls.
185 carries Polyroof’s trusted Accredited System Guarantee; this guarantee is supported for 20 years by an independently administered trust fund with additional annually renewable insurance as standard. As well as this the 185 System is extremely hardwearing and can withstand regular foot traffic without additional protection due to its highly impact-resistant finish, this made it ideal for this project. With Llandudno being a popular tourist destination, the visual aesthetic of the roof was of importance to the hotel as well as the practicality; 185 is available in a range of colours as standard and can also be pigmented to choice from the RAL & BS colour spectrums, giving the look to suit in any occasion.