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Eco hotel's renewable energy focus

BAM Construct has won a £20 million deal to build a 200-bed eco-friendly hotel at the University of Nottingham.

With planning permission already in place, the university’s council has now given the green light to the project on University Park.

The hotel, funded by the university, is due to be completed by the end of 2012.

It will feature state-of-the-art technology to reduce carbon emissions along with executive-style rooms, meeting and conferencing rooms, a gym as well as a restaurant and bar.

It will have solar photovoltaic panels and ground-sourced heat technology, and a lower energy assisted-cooling ventilation system.

The hotel will aim to achieve an ‘excellent’ rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which recognises low-impact buildings that incorporate the best environmental practice.