hub by Premier Inn claims UK sustainability first

Room at hub Covent Garden

Room at hub Covent Garden

Premier Inn’s newly launched hotel concept - hub by Premier Inn - in London’s Covent Garden, has become the first hotel in the UK to achieve an Outstanding BREEAM rating at design stage.

The Whitbread hotel at St Martins Lane, which cost over £30 million to build, includes state of the art heat, cooling and energy saving technologies to drive efficiencies and has achieved the highest ever sustainability rating for a UK hotel.

BREEAM is a worldwide environmental rating system for buildings and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation.

Simon Ewins, Director of CSR at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants and COO of hub said, “As a global standard, achieving the highest BREEAM rating for a hotel in the UK is a real step-change for the hospitality industry. The rating demonstrates that even with heavy water and energy usage by guests, companies can prioritise sustainability alongside great customer service.”

Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Whitbread. This is a real achievement at the hub by Premier Inn, Covent Garden. It shows a strong commitment to innovation and sustainability and as the first Outstanding rated hotel in the UK provides an exemplar for the industry as a whole.”

The hotel, which has been designed with innovation, sustainability and user-friendliness in mind, includes lighting and heating in bedrooms, which guests can control from an app.

The heating and cooling for the hotel guestrooms and restaurant is provided by variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air source heat pumps, which incorporate heat recovery technology and result in lower overall carbon emissions, when compared to traditional gas-fired boilers and conventional chillers.

Domestic water is provided by a combined heat and power (CHP) energy saving unit with thermal storage, while low energy LED light fittings have been installed throughout the hotel and restaurant to minimise energy wastage.

In addition, hub team members are trained in energy and water awareness to promote sustainable behaviour and good environmental housekeeping.

Ruth Geeson, Associate Partner at sustainability consultancy Greengage said: “We are very fortunate to have a wide range of clients who, like us, understand the value of sustainability. However the St Martin’s Lane project is a real highlight. Whitbread has entrenched sustainability into every aspect of the project from pre-planning and integrated design through to construction and completion.”

hub by Premier Inn is a new generation of smartly designed hotels in the heart of the city. The stylish compact rooms, with digitally enhanced connectivity, offers a contemporary and affordable hotel in a city centre location.

To date, hub by Premier Inn has a pipeline of thirteen hotels - with ten secured sites in London and three in Edinburgh.

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