Company to build timber-frame Beefeater restaurant in West Sussex, along with a low-carbon Premier Inn hotel

Hotel and restaurant group Whitbread is ready to build its first environmentally-friendly, timber-frame restaurant.

The ‘green’ Beefeater restaurant will be constructed in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, along with a low-carbon Premier Inn hotel.

Premier Inn opened its first eco-hotel in Tamworth, Staffordshire, in December 2008.

The new hotel and restaurant, which will include 60 bedrooms and seats for 220 diners, will deliver 70% CO2 savings and 60% water savings compared with standard hotels and restaurants.

Methods will include sustainably sourced timber -rame construction, water recycling and harvesting to provide 100% of the hotel’s toilet water, and ground-source heat pumps for heating.

Both buildings are due to open in Autumn 2010.

Whitbread said it will use the development to create a template, which will then be rolled out across its entire estate of 580 hotels in order to make sure the firm meets its pledge of reducing carbon emissions 26% by 2020.