20m eco-friendly hotel for University of Nottingham

20m eco-friendly hotel for University of Nottingham

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Construction is due to start on a new 200-bed upmarket hotel at The University of Nottingham.

With planning permission already in place, the University’s Council has now given approval for the 20m eco-friendly hotel, which will be built on University Park, adjacent to the East Midlands Conference Centre. The hotel, which will be funded entirely by the University, will be available for use by conference delegates, university visitors, local businesses and the general public.

Contractors BAM Construction have been appointed to start work on site during July. BAM Construction is a top 10 national contractor with extensive experience in building both education and hotel facilities.

The hotel is due to be completed for opening by the end of 2012.

Built to the highest environmental standards, the hotel will feature state-of-the-art technology to reduce carbon emissions, as part of the University’s strategy to become an ever more environmentally-friendly institution. It will feature some executive-style rooms, meeting and conferencing rooms, a gym as well as a restaurant and bar.

Architects and interior designers have developed the eco-friendly building featuring accessible rooftop terraces, green roofs and maximum use of natural daylight. Open spaces will provide superb views of The University of Nottingham’s extensively landscaped campus, whilst the latest technology will help to reduce carbon emissions.

Solar photovoltaic panels and ground-sourced heat technology are incorporated, as well as a lower energy assisted-cooling ventilation system.

The hotel will aim to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which recognises low-impact buildings that incorporate the best environmental practice. The University of Nottingham has developed a series of award-winning buildings that have underlined its commitment to sustainable architecture and construction.

Chris Jagger, Chief Estates and Facilities Officer at The University of Nottingham, said: “The hotel will enhance the existing range of conference facilities provided by the University. It will provide a source of excellent quality accommodation all year round, not only supporting the existing meeting spaces provided by the award-winning East Midlands Conference Centre, but also for visitors to the University.”