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Whitbread, the UK's leading hotel and restaurant group, has confirmed details of its plans for its second green hotel and its first low-carbon restaurant.

Burgess Hill Premier Inn, in West Sussex, represents the latest evolution in environmentally-friendly budget hotels. It follows Whitbread's pioneering green hotel pilot in Tamworth, Staffordshire - the UK's first green budget hotel which opened its doors to guests in December 2008.

The 60-bedroom Premier Inn at Burgess Hill, due to open in Autumn this year, will adopt the best-performing green technologies trialled in Tamworth to deliver 70% carbon and 60% water savings.

Adjacent to the hotel, Whitbread will develop its first low-carbon restaurant - a 220-cover Beefeater open grill restaurant.

Both the Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant at Burgess Hill will be built using timber frame construction methods from sustainably sourced wood. Timber frame has the lowest carbon content of any commercially-available building material and its flexible design allows for high levels of insulation to achieve maximum energy efficiency.

The Burgess Hill development will also include:
Ground-source heat pumps using the earth's natural energy to provide heating and cooling cool as well as hot water
Rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling providing 100% of the hotel's toilet water use and saving 20% of the hotel's entire water use
High-efficiency thermal insulation
Low-flow showerheads delivering the feel and effect of a powerful shower without the associated water loss
Heat-recovery shower systems capturing and reusing energy used by the boilers
Automated light controls with intelligent sensors turning lights off when not in use
Sun pipes reducing the need for artificial lighting by increasing natural light

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