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Whitbread to open second green hotel

11 January 2010 by
Whitbread to open second green hotel

Whitbread has confirmed the launch of its second green Premier Inn, together with its first low-carbon restaurant.

Burgess Hill Premier Inn, which is due to open in autumn 2010, intends to represent the latest evolution in environmentally-friendly budget hotels.

It follows Whitbread's green hotel pilot in Tamworth, Staffordshire, which resulted in the opening of the first green budget hotel in December 2008.

The 60-bedroom hotel aims to deliver 70% carbon and 60% water savings.

Situated adjacent to the hotel will be Whitbread's first low-carbon restaurant, a 220-cover Beefeater open grill restaurant.

The developments form part of the company's corporate sustainability programme Good Together, which was launched in December 2009 with a pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 26% by 2020.

Built using timber frame construction methods from sustainably sourced wood, the hotel and restaurant will include ground-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling providing. This will supply 100% of the hotel's toilet water use and saving 20% of its entire water use. The hotel will also feature high-efficiency thermal insulation, low-flow showerheads, automated light controls and sun pipes to reduce the need for artificial light.

"Burgess Hill's clever combination of high-tech environmental features and advanced construction methods will allow us to achieve truly impressive results in cutting carbon and conserving water," said Alan Parker, CEO of Whitbread.

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By Janet Harmer

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