Work starts on 218-room eco-hotel near East Midlands Airport

Hotel News - 22/07/2010

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Construction work has officially begun on a £22-million, 218-room environmentally-friendly hotel close to East Midlands Airport. The project will create jobs for 150. On Monday, officials gathered at the site in the Pegasus Business Park near the Castle Donington Airport and signed a steel beam being used in the building’s construction.

The four-star green hotel will offer 218 guest rooms, a restaurant and a bar. It will also include a health facility with a pool, gym, steam rooms, and sauna, as well as conferencing facilities with the capacity for 300 people. The developers behind the project are MAG Developments, the property and development unit of Manchester Airports Group, which operates East Midlands Airport.

The 15-metre high hotel will include a range of green features the developers claim will make it one of the most environmentally-friendly in the region. Rainwater will be harvested to be used for things like flushing of toilets. Cogeneration will be used to produce both electricity and heat from plant oil. All told, the hotel is expected to generate 87% less carbon emissions than regular hotels.

The beam-signing event was attended by officials from MAG Developments, representatives of East Midlands Airport, members of North Leicestershire District Council and executives of North Forest Company. Initial work on the development started six weeks ago and the hotel is expected to be in operation by the summer of 2011.

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