Taking sustainability to new heights

Last week the London Heathrow Marriott had a grand opening ceremony for their new Green House – nothing that special you might think, until you realise that it has been built 22 metres in the air, on the roof of the hotel!

Beautiful sunshine and blue sky greeted the guests for the grand opening, who, armed with glasses of green tinted Prosecco and green themed canapés, witnessed spectacular views of the runways at Heathrow Airport and the local area. The hotel’s roof provides the perfect environment for the Green House, capturing the sunshine to maximum effect, and collecting the rain in an irrigation system for watering the plants growing there. Specifically built to provide the hotel kitchen with fresh herbs and vegetables for use in the hotel’s restaurants, it has been a true labour of love for the Engineering Team, in particular Freddie Gubatanga, Maintenance Manager, who constructed it. Rigorous health and safety procedures were followed to ensure the wellbeing of everyone that will use the roof and the Green House, with each glass panel replaced with reinforced Perspex for safety, and the Green House itself securely anchored to the main building.

The Heathrow Team's sustainability efforts do not stop there – plans are in place to harness the wind by constructing an ingenious windmill and solar panels on the roof to power the LED Marriott signs, which have recently changed from neon signs, saving a substantial amount of energy. The roof of the hotel is the perfect place to capture the power of the wind as there are no trees or tall buildings obstructing it.

This, in connection to the other green initiatives taken by the hotel, including the electric car charging station and replacing all car park lighting with LED lighting as well as 100% recycling of all hotel waste, has led to a well deserved Gold award from the Green Tourism Scheme earlier in the year.

Ron Vos, General Manager said: “We at the Marriott Heathrow, take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, but it has been great fun too. Both Associates and guests, have embraced our ideas and green initiatives. We look forward to hosting our first Chef’s Table on the roof with its great views very soon”

 

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