Whitbread has opened a Covent Garden hotel that it believes is a blueprint for green design thanks to innovative sustainability measures running throughout the restaurant and other areas of the property.
The ‘hub by Premier Inn’ hotel in central London is the first hotel in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating at design stage’, which is considered the highest environmental assessment rating.
The hotel has cost Whitbread in excess of £30m to build, includes state of the art heat, cooling and energy saving technologies to drive efficiencies.
The heating and cooling for the 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.
The restaurant supply and extract ventilation incorporates heat recovery technology between the air paths to ensure energy is retained within the building.
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.”
In addition hub team members are trained in energy and water awareness to promote sustainable behaviour and good environmental housekeeping.
Whitbread has also installed automated utility meter read data loggers at the hotel to understand real time energy usage and provide site weekly energy reports.