Premier Inn opens sustainable hotel
A Premier Inn in Cornwall is leading the charge for eco-friendly hotel developments, greenbuildingpress.co.uk reports. The hotel, which comprises of 65 rooms and a 210-cover restaurant, is set to be in a constant state of development – meaning new technologies can be implemented once they become available.
Amongst the array of cutting-edge facilities the hotel boasts are photovoltaic solar panelling on the roof to offset charging points for electric cars outside and water recycling for flushing toilets.
Sustainably sourced materials for this stay
The building also benefits from wall cladding, helping to provide high levels of insulation from both heat and sound. It has been manufactured from recycled and sustainably-sourced materials.
Low-energy LED lighting has been used in the reception, bars and restaurant to provide keep costs – as well as energy usage – down. This will also be the case in the kitchens, with high-efficiency equipment expected to bring down costs during heating and refrigeration.
Leading the charge for eco-friendly hotel developments
Speaking to greenbuildnews.com, head of energy and environment at Whitbread, Chris George, explained:
“Our intention with the project was to learned from our existing sustainable hotels and design an impressive and sustainable product. We have done that and demonstrated that green hotel design is possible within the mainstream market and does not have to mean ’boutique’ or ‘expensive’.
“The project will help us to upgrade our existing network of 600 sites to become more sustainable as we incorporate the best performing technologies from Cambourne into future newbuilds and the retrofit programme of our existing estate.”