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hub by Premier Inn Achieves Hightest Ever Sustainability Rating for a UK Hotel

DESIGNED WITH EFFICIENCY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN MIND 

hub by Premier Inn, the new hotel brand by Whitbread, has been designed with energy efficiency in mind. It uses less energy than a Premier Inn and shows a 30% improvement on current building regulations. It uses energy efficient equipment, including combined heat and power solutions and air source heat pumps to transfer external heat into the buildings. 

SOME OF THE GREEN MEASURES AT HUB BY PREMIER INN:

  • High efficiency LED lighting in guestrooms, public areas, circulation spaces and low energy catering equipment.
  • Occupancy and presence detection within guest rooms to control lighting and air conditioning. 
  • Heating and cooling via Mitsubishi high efficiency air source heat pumps incorporating heat recovery technology.
  • Mechanical supply and extract ventilation incorporating heat recovery. 
  • Micro combined heat and power (CHP) unit with thermal storage to generate electricity and provide a significant amount of the domestic hot water required. 
  • High efficiency Andrew’s water heaters to provide hot water top up. 
  • Improved building fabric, double skin pre-fabricated sections to floors and walls. 
  • Energy efficient lifts and small power appliances 
  • Energy use is monitored and sub metered, daily energy consumption display. 
  • Low flow showers and basin taps and dual flush toilets to minimise water usage. 
  • Grey water recycling to provide 100% of toilet flushing requirements. 
  • Locally sourced restaurant products and recycled materials used. 
  • Brown roof insulation to attract local birds and plant species.

THE FIRST HOTEL IN THE UK TO ACHIEVE AN ‘OUTSTANDING’ BREEAM* RATING – THE INDUSTRY-LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RATING.

Costing Whitbread in excess of £30 million to build, hub by Premier Inn at St Martin's Lane includes state of the art heat, cooling and energy saving technologies to drive efficiencies.

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.

“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.” Simon Ewins, Director of CSR at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants and COO of hub by Premier Inn.

  

  

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