The old Palace Hotel in Southend has recently undergone major refurbishments both externally and internally, and re-opened earlier this year as the new Park Inn Palace Hotel. Located on Southend’s Western Esplanade, the hotel provides excellent modern amenities for both business and leisure guests. Knauf AMF Ceilings
were specified throughout the hotel in circulation areas, reception, conference facilities and the large ballroom to meet specific acoustic requirements.
Steven Freeman of Dolta Co. Ltd was the architect on the project, and explained the decision to specify Knauf AMF
: “The majority of the first floor is given over to conference facilities and dining, with bedrooms on the levels above. Sound reduction was therefore very important in these areas. Knauf AMF
offered an attractive range of ceiling systems
, combined with excellent service. We used them in conjunction with other products to achieve the required acoustic
performance, and I’m delighted with the finished results.”
Around 1700m2 of Knauf AMF
’s Thermatex Acoustic were installed in the hotel’s reception area and the elegant ballroom. Thermatex Acoustic is a 19mm thick ceiling tile made from a specially perforated mineral fibre board with an acoustic fleece facing. The perforations provide excellent sound absorption while the fleece offers a smooth, elegant surface finish. The combination of high density mineral fibre with a fleece face also provides excellent physical characteristics and durability.
Thermatex Planks were installed to all the corridors throughout the hotel, totalling around 1500m2. They were chosen in preference to square tiles in order to give a clean, modern look to the hotel without visible grid, whilst maintaining accessibility to essential services.
The hotel provides 137 bedrooms, most with views over the mouth of the Thames, as well as conference facilities with 6 meeting rooms, including the ballroom.