Brick wall with poor insulation
Over the years, the hotel has continued to expand. Adjacent buildings were added to the property, resulting in today's hotel, which has 90 rooms. When Peter Van Severen and his family took over the hotel, they concluded that the hotel needed a thorough makeover. “Old buildings in Bruges' city centre, such as ours, are usually equipped with a brick wall on the outside in the courtyard. External wall insulation is only limited or not available at all. As a result, the buildings can heat up strongly in the summer months. This was also the case with us, even though the building was well insulated on the inside and we had a good EPC.”
A user-friendly, aesthetic facade material
After all rooms had been renovated five years before, Van Severen decided to also give the exterior a makeover. One thing was for sure: he wanted something else than a brick wall. Key requirements for the facade cladding were that it needed to be user-friendly and aesthetic at the same time.
In the end it was his regular carpenter, Luc Martens of Schrijnwerkerij Martens & Zoon, who recommended Rockpanel Mineral Stones. “We have been working closely together for years, and I trust him blindly,” explains Van Severen. “Moreover, the material immediately appealed to me. The wide colour palette in particular convinced me: the options in terms of colour and design were virtually unlimited.”