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Seaham Hall Hotel

The StoRend Flex render system and StoTherm Classic external wall insulation have been used as part of the refurbishment of the historical Seaham Hall Hotel to provide an extremely durable facade that is able to withstand the area's variable weather conditions.

Seaham Hall is an impressive Grade II listed building in Sunderland. The hotel is where Lord Byron's ill-fated marriage to Annabella Millbanke took place. Over the decades the building fell into disrepair and became a target for vandals. In 1997, the hall came under private ownership after Tom Maxfield bought it from Durham County Council. The following years have seen extensive refurbishment and extension work carried out on the building, culminating in the re-opening in February 2001 followed by the new Serenity Spa area in Christmas 2002.

Part of the work involved renovation of the facade that had been rendered, patched and re-rendered over the years. Five different render specifications were looked at by Napper Architects in conjunction with contractor Tolent Construction, and StoRend Flex was the render system selected. StoRend Flex satisfied the design criteria and has performed well in protecting the facade. The unique, cement-free system provides up to 15 times the crack resistance of conventional cementitious render, and provides exceptional weather protection while remaining vapour-permeable, an important factor for the coastal location of the hotel. The through-coloured, acrylic render finish means that the walls will not require over-painting to maintain its appearance.

The StoTherm Classic external wall insulation system was used extensively for the new Oriental Spa area. A single, monolithic wall is provided entirely on the facade, removing the need for a cavity. In addition to savings in cost and time, this type of construction ensures an effective way of insulating the building and achieving U-values.

The end result of this extensive renovation, refurbishment and new build project is a spectacular hotel on the Durham coastline, where the new facilities blend effortlessly into the original building.

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