When conceiving the refurbishment of the hotel, we ensured that the latest eco-friendly materials and sustainable features were considered at the design stage and, as many as possible incorporated in the final build.
Some of these features are listed below (in alphabetical order):
Air Source Heat pumps
The building is heated by low temperature hot water circulating through underfloor pipework embedded into the floors.
This system is driven by energy efficient air source heat pumps that are more carbon-friendly than standard gas fired boilers.
The flow temperature of the heating water is restricted to 55 oC to ensures maximum efficiency of the heat pumps and is ideally-suited to the underfloor heating arrangement.
The heating coils in the kitchen and restaurant air handling units have also been designed to work using the 55 oC water supplied by the heat pump system.
The existing building has been insulated internally to the walls and roof to greatly improve energy efficiency, with new double-glazed insulated timber windows replacing the existing single glazed units. The new extensions are constructed using brick and timber cladding for durability and longevity, and to be in-keeping with the characteristics of the local environment. Minimal VOC paints were used for interior finishes throughout.
Cooking & ventilation
The hotel kitchen ventilation system is fitted with a chef’s speed control to allow the chefs to vary the ventilation rates to suit their requirements in order to reduce the energy consumed by the fans and the air heating coil.
Extensions have been designed to minimise the impact on the site, creating a design that works with its natural surroundings, in a previously underutilised area. The orientation ensures that new guest bedrooms and communal spaces benefit from good daylighting through large windows, glazed doors and roof lights.
Electric vehicle charging points
Four electric vehicle charging points have been provided, for our guests’ free-of-charge use.
We grow some of our own organic herbs to use in the kitchen.
Hot and cold-water services
To reduce wear and tear on the pumps and to conserve energy, the public toilet areas are fed directly from the mains water supply and not via the hotel’s booster system.
Drinking water is piped directly to each of the en-suite bathrooms to reduce the need for bottled water.
Hotel operations and economical sustainability
Eco-friendly products used throughout for cleaning etc. – we buy as much as we can locally produce products and food produce.
The hotel uses LED lighting throughout the building and grounds. Lighting times and intensity are controlled programmatically, for a most efficient energy consumption and comfort level ratio.
Photovoltaic panels are mounted in a concealed location on the roof to provide a zero-carbon contribution to the Hotel’s electrical demand.
Rainwater is diverted from the roofs into in an underground reservoir tank and recycled for use in the landscape gardens and for flushing selected toilets.
Reuse of existing buildings
New life has been given to an existing building by adapting and improving it, preserving the original structure as far as possible. This approach not only retains a historic building but is far more sustainable than simply demolishing and rebuilding new.
Bringing this building back into use again has provided benefits for the local community. The improvements made to the fabric of the existing building result in positive impacts on health and comfort for occupants.
Each room has been fitted with an energy efficient mechanical ventilation heat-recovery system that extracts stale and humid air from the en-suite bathroom and introduces a supply of filtered fresh air into the bedroom.
The heat energy in the extracted air is used to pre-warm the incoming fresh-air by passing the two separate airstreams through a heat exchanger.
All of the rooms also have openable windows to allow occupants to naturally ventilate their rooms to suit their own personal preferences.
We use a real fireplace to heat the main entrance/bar area to supplement the underfloor heating and reduce energy consumption.