Award for the refurbishment of a listed hotel in Prague

The refurbishment of the Golden Crown Hotel in Prague was awarded the most important building prize in the Czech Republic: the Best of Realty Award. The building owner of the historic six-storey building in the centre of Prague was UniCredit Turn-Around Management CEE GmbH. In this project, DELTA was responsible for project management and site supervision.

The prize was awarded by the Association for the Development of the Property Market, whose members include the most important players in the Czech building industry. Having remained unused for several years, the building now shines with renewed splendour, for which it received the second prize in the hotels category. The project impressed the jury with its good inner city location, the architectural design, quality of finish and its commercial success in the property market.

Precision work in an extremely confined space

The refurbishment provided some challenges: “Sophisticated site logistics were necessary due to the restricted site and heavy surrounding traffic,” explains Erik Štefanoviè, managing director of DELTA in the Czech Republic. Apart from its inner city location, the hotel had to comply with many planning conditions due to its listed status, something that was particularly important to the client. DELTA carried out very detailed renovation works on and inside the building and was thus able to precisely implement the client’s requirements regarding design and colours.

Managing the project within time limits

In addition to project management and site supervision, DELTA was also responsible for the coordination of health and safety. “The working times for the refurbishment works were precisely defined by the local authorities. It was therefore essential to make the best possible use of the available time,” says Kradischnig, managing director and company spokesperson for DELTA. “That meant that in the end phase of the building works about 100 people of all trades were working simultaneously in a single shift.”

Costly restoration works

The restoration of a facade with multifarious and delicate stucco work was very demanding and time-consuming. It was possible to largely retain the original facade and paint finishes of the interior walls, though it was difficult to create replicas when the original elements were severely damaged. “It demanded a great deal of sensitivity, precision and patience, which proved worthwhile, not least because of the award,” says Štefanoviè.