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Green hotel sets new environmental standards

25 September 2008

Premier Inn, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing hotel operator, is to set new industry standards for sustainable design and construction in the hotel sector with its new Tamworth hotel in Staffordshire, now under construction and opening in December.

The flagship green hotel brings together the very best environmental initiatives from Premier Inn’s parent company Whitbread, whose approach to the environment is focused on reducing wastage and increasing efficiency. Full details of how Whitbread is reducing its environmental impact are contained in the company’s 6th annual Environmental Report which is also published at www.whitbread.com.

The flagship site will reduce energy consumption by up to 80 per cent and is a test-bed for Premier Inn to trial the best green technologies currently available, to see which are viable for their hotels in the future. With Premier Inn’s target of 55,000 bedrooms within five years, the Tamworth scheme has the potential to transform how Premier Inn procures property and construction services.

The combination of building materials and low carbon technologies being used at Tamworth is not matched anywhere else in Britain. It includes:

Ground-source heat pumps use the earth’s natural energy to cool and heat rooms and provide hot water throughout the hotel

Grey water recycling providing 100 per cent of the hotel’s toilet water use, saving 20 per cent of the hotel’s entire water use

High efficiency thermal and acoustic insulation

Low energy motion sensor LED lighting

Solar panels providing enough water for 1,000 baths a year


Premier Inn’s commitment to the environment has been welcomed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the Carbon Trust in the expectation that others in the sector will follow Premier Inn’s positive lead.

Alan Parker, CEO of Whitbread, says: “This hotel is truly ground-breaking in that this combination of technologies has never been used before in the UK. They were chosen from a range of initiatives that we believe deliver the most positive social and environmental impact on future hotel builds.
“Hotel energy use is a complex equation and we have taken a first step in deploying all technologies available to us, in order that we get it just right. This will allow us in the future to implement sustainable practices across our wider estate.”
















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