A dramatic, undulating timber canopy has been completed over the Orchard Hotel, which is currently under construction on the University Park campus at The University of Nottingham. The rolling canopy, produced and installed by subcontractor Lilleheden, is one of the most striking features of the £20m, 202-bed eco-friendly hotel, designed by RHWL Architects and being built by BAM Construction for the University.
The over sailing canopy, which was part of RHWL's competition-winning design, highlights the hotel's entrance providing solar shading and filtered light to the public front-of-house reception and foyer lounges within. The ripple of the structure reflects the contours of the hillside orchard landscape in which the building sits, whilst the use of timber responds to the natural setting of mature trees nearby. Two hotel bedroom wings sit comfortably either side of the entrance and canopy. "This will be a landmark hotel that reflects its beautiful parkland setting, right from the design and choice of materials through to the furnishings of each room." said Corrie Jones, Associate at RHWL Architects,
The project's commitment to the surrounding environment is further reflected in its high level of sustainability. The development is aiming for a BREEAM rating of Excellent, with sustainable features including a green roof system, photovoltaic panels, smart building management systems and energy efficient lighting, glazing and ventilation systems. "The installation of the canopy marks the last key architectural element in the construction which is due for completion in November," said Mark Ferrie, BAM Construction's project