You try to live green while at home but are you always able to continue your sustainable living practices out on the road? One Travelodge hotel in the UK is making traveling sustainably a little easier with their first recycled hotel made from 86 shipping containers.
Travelodge, the budget hotel company that most of us are familiar with, used steel containers in two different sizes to create 120 rooms and a bar/cafe in their Uxbridge hotel. Prepared ahead of time in China with plasterboard walls, full wiring and plumbing, the containers are simply bolted together on site. All that's left to install are windows, decoration and furnishings.
While it's not the epitome of stylish design, the construction does save the developer money and time. Constructed by Verbus Systems, this unique modular construction system has been in development for the last four years. It is a revolutionary design ideal for not only temporary accommodations at festivals and major sporting events, but also for long-term deployments like this hotel. Traditional 100-bed hotels typically cost Travelodge around £5 million to build however by utilizing shipping containers, the same size development costs around £4.5 million but has the added advantage of using recycled materials. The shipping container method also reduces construction time by 25% resulting in a less expensive and quicker to construct hotel that's greener than the rest.