Travelodge has revealed its first recyclable hotel – made from steel modules resembling shipping containers – currently under construction in London.
The 120-room Uxbridge Travelodge will open in June and will be made from 86 securely stacked and bolted high-strength steel modules.
The Verbus modules are shipped from China with the bathrooms, plasterboard walls and ‘first fix’ of electrical points already in place.
Once installed at the site, the modules are decorated and furnished before the windows are fitted and the exterior cladded.
A second, larger hotel is already under construction at Heathrow and is scheduled to open at the end of the year.
Travelodge Property and Development director Paul Harvey says the containers have the potential to change the face of hotels.
“It could facilitate the creation of hotels on a temporary basis to open in times of peak demand in certain locations – such as festivals or major sporting events.
“A temporary structure to fit such a need would differ to the design of a permanent hotel but it could be built in as little as 12 weeks and removed quickly at the end of the event when the need is gone,” Harvey says.
A traditional 100-bed hotel costs Travelodge around £5m to build but construction using shipping containers reduces costs by up to ten percent, making the bill for a hotel of the same size around £4.5m.
Travelodge says it plans to build approx 40 hotels each year up to 2020, with around half possibly constructed using the modular system.