30 Nov 2010 15:10:00.000
Plans have been unveiled for a new 200-bed upmarket hotel at The University of Nottingham.
The £20m eco-friendly hotel, which will be built on University Park, will be available for use by conference delegates, university visitors, local businesses and the general public.
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.
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The hotel will be sited next to the East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC) and will feature some executive-style rooms, meeting and conferencing rooms, a gym as well as a restaurant and bar.
Subject to planning approval, building work is expected to commence in 2011, with completion due summer 2012. Funded by The University of Nottingham, the new hotel will complement the existing facilities provided by the EMCC, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2010. It will also provide a much needed resource for visitors to the University.
Architects and interior designers have already been appointed in order to develop the eco-friendly building, featuring accessible rooftop gardens and terraces, 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 under consideration, 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.
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “The key aspect of the proposed design of the hotel is how well it nestles into the surrounding orchard hillside landscape, and its environmental sustainability credentials.
“Although the hotel will complement the hugely successful Conference Centre on University Park, it will also generate income in its own right, providing accommodation for the general public, local businesses and University visitors. I am sure that the hotel will prove to be a valuable asset for the future development of the University and further enhance the University’s important contribution to the city.”
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Notes to editors: Artists’ impressions of the building are available from Kirstie Danzey or Tim Utton (see below).
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.
The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global 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.
The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 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.
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