£20 million eco-friendly hotel for The University of Nottingham

6 July 2011 20:26 - BAM Construct & Ventures UK Ltd

(Press release University of Nottingham:)  Nottingham, 6 July 2011 - 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 have now given approval for the £20 million 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 for 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.’

More information is available from Chris Jagger, Chief Estates and Facilities Officer, University of Nottingham, chris.jagger@nottingham.ac.uk ; Kirstie Danzey, Marketing Manager Nottingham Conferences, kirstie.danzey@nottingham.ac.uk; or Tim Utton, Deputy Director, Communications, University of Nottingham, tim.utton@nottingham.ac.uk

The East Midlands Conference Centre was opened in 1985, and over the last 25 years has undergone significant development and expansion to secure its place as one of the regions’ leading dedicated conference centres. It is the flag ship venue of Nottingham Conferences, the brand representing the entire range of conference facilities based at The University of Nottingham, the others being University Park, Jubilee Campus and Sutton Bonington. See www.nottinghamconferences.co.uk for more information.

The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. More news from the University at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/news