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Premier Inn trials green technology

Hotel group Premier Inn is trialling a sustainably built hotel with a host of green technologies which could be rolled out to all new Premier Inn developments.

Contractor Carter Lauren has begun construction at Tamworth, Staffordshire on the Whitbread-owned hotel and aims to complete the project by December.

It will then look at installing the technologies, which reduce energy consumption by up to 80 per cent, in future projects.

Premier Inn construction director Alex Flach said the company would look at the new technologies and those that worked and made financial sense before deciding which to use in future projects.

Mr Flach said the firm was using smaller specialised contractors to help install the new green technology.

Premier Inn aims to create 55,000 new rooms within the next five years.

Tamworth’s green hotel

The Tamworth Premier Inn will use ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool rooms, grey water recycling to run the toilets and solar panels will provide hot water for 1,000 baths.

The hotel will also have high efficiency thermal and acoustic insulation – which includes nearly doubling the thickness of some of the wooden beams – and low energy motion sensor LED lighting.

Alan Parker, chief executive of parent company Whitbread, said the hotel has a combination of technologies that has never been used before in the UK.