New East Midlands Airport hotel wins Green Footprints Award

One of the greenest commercial hotels in Europe, the newly opened 22m Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport hotel, has won a Green Footprints Award for its sustainable design.

MAG Developments, the property arm of Manchester Airports Group which owns and operates East Midlands Airport, collected the award for the design and build of the four-star 218-bedroom hotel at the annual Civic Dinner on Friday 27th April 2012.

Sponsored by North West Leicestershire District Council’s award-winning Ourplace initiative, the 2012 Green Footprints award for Sustainable Urban Design, commended MAG Developments for the building’s striking design features and its high environmental credentials, including a combined heat and power plant that generates energy from waste food oil.

Now in their fourth year, the Green Footprints Awards recognise the commitment to the environment by local groups and businesses. Making North West Leicestershire a greener district is one of the North West Leicestershire District Council’s key priorities and the Green Footprints Awards recognise the best achievements in five awards categories.

Announcing the winners, Council Chairman, Councillor Nigel Smith, said: “This year the standard of entries was exceptionally high, so the winners should be justifiably proud of their achievements.

“The commitment and focus on making business and communities greener, healthier and cleaner really brings home the impact that every action can have for generations to come. Our winners demonstrate that there is something we can all do, at any age and in every walk of life, to improve our environment. The Green Footprints awards are all about encouraging us all to take the first steps to a greener way of life.”

The highly energy efficient hotel features a range of innovative technologies to reduce energy demand and generates its own energy supply, delivering an 87% reduction in CO2. It also harvests rainwater, which is used to serve the WC’s in the building and water the external landscaped areas. It also achieved the highest ever BREEAM rating for a commercial hotel in the UK, scoring 76.17% – well above the 70% ‘Excellent’ threshold on the BREEAM scale, used to assess and benchmark the environmental credentials of new buildings. It also attained an ‘A’ rating on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) A+-to-G scale.

David Roberts, Development Director, of Manchester Airports Group’s property arm, MAG Developments, said: "Inspired by its surroundings, the design of this stunning high-quality hotel minimises its environmental impact using innovative new technologies, yet remains commercially viable to both the operator and the landlord. The Green Footprints Award is a fantastic recognition of our commitment to sustainable development and the environmental credentials of the hotel reflect East Midlands Airport's carbon neutral commitments."

As part of East Midlands Airport's commitment to achieving carbon neutral ground operations by 2012, all of its new buildings are designed to be individually carbon neutral for their energy use. It is also the first UK airport to install two commercial scale wind turbines on site, generating 5% of the airport’s electricity and planting a 26-hectare willow farm onsite to provide bio-fuel that will be used in a biomass boiler in the terminal.

The hotel was completed by MAG Developments and is operated by specialist hotel investment firm Azure Property Group, under the Rezidor Hotel Group’s premium Radisson Blu brand.

Derbyshire-based construction group, Bowmer and Kirkland, was the main contractor on the build. The architect was Manchester-based Leach Rhodes Walker.

Having opened for business in November, the four-star Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport hotel offers luxury leisure and spa facilities as well as a gourmet restaurant using the best of local produce, a wine room and extensive conferencing facilities.

Part of the Manchester Airports Group, MAG Developments is responsible for the management and development of all the commercial property and land at East Midlands, Humberside, Manchester and Bournemouth Airports. Its 335million portfolio serves more than 850 businesses, comprising over 200 properties across 5000 acres. Other MAG Developments projects at East Midlands Airport include the construction of an 80-bedroom budget hotel for Premier Inn and a bespoke hub facility for Royal Mail.

Published on: 01/05/2012 16:28:56

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