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Premier Inn Swindon Town Centre – winner of edie Built Environment Project of the Year Award

16 Nov 2023 Estate, Sustainability

(cropped 3) L To R Gary Poulton, Sarah Ivory And Will Silverwood Edie Built Environment Project Of The Year (nov 2023)

Whitbread’s new 195-bedroom Premier Inn hotel which is fully powered by renewable energy has been named the winner of the Edie Built Environment Project of the Year award. 

The winners were announced last night at an awards ceremony in central London and recognise the work being done by organisations and individuals to spearhead the transition to a net-zero carbon economy.  

The Built Environment Project of the Year Award recognises construction, infrastructure and green building projects that have delivered significant emission reductions and environmental gains and recognises projects that have led the way towards a net-zero built environment over the past 18 months.     

The new Swindon Town Centre Premier Inn opened in October 2023 and is the first Premier Inn to be designed and built without a connection to a natural gas supply and is powered entirely by renewable electricity.  

Premier Inn Swindon marks a significant milestone towards Whitbread’s commitment to reaching a position of no operational emissions by 2040 and net zero by 2050 – with its targets approved by the gold standard Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).   

Sarah Ivory Holding The Edie Built Environment Project Of The Year Award
Sarah Ivory (Environment Manager) and Will Silverwood (head of sustainability) with the EDIE Built Environment Project of the Year Award

The hotel’s innovative features include: 

  • Energy-efficient air-to-water Mitsubishi Q-Ton CO2 heat pumps to heat water, low energy LED lighting with lighting controls and metering connected to a battery monitoring system with auto monitoring and targeting of energy use. 
  • Solar photovoltaic panels installed on-site, with the hotel to purchase only renewable electricity from the grid – in line with all of Whitbread’s owned operations in the UK and Germany. 
  • A building envelope designed to meet BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, using an innovative Passivhaus-influenced ‘fabric first’ design to optimise energy use. 
  • Minimised heat exchange with the outside through the use of natural sunlight and re-use of heat generated by electrical equipment. 
  • Mechanical ventilation with passive heat recovery and an air source heat pump to keep the building at an optimal temperature in all seasons. 

Will Silverwood, Head of Sustainability at Whitbread said,

“We are thrilled that Whitbread, and our new Swindon Town Centre hotel, has been recognised in these awards. We have been trialling energy and water saving technologies across our estate for many years and it is exciting to see us push the boundaries again at Swindon. The design is significant as it will become the blueprint for all future new build Premier Inns in time and will help us move away from fossil fuels that we are committed to.”

Premier Inn Swindon Town Centre Car Park Side Elevation October 2023
The 195-bedroom Premier Inn in Swindon Town Centre is powered by renewable energy

You can find more information on the hotel opening here and more about Whitbread’s transition plan to net zero here

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