• Protecting the environment - what we do

    Reduce, re-use and recycle

    • Dual flush toilets to save water
    • Energy efficient windows to improve thermal performance resulting in less of a requirement for heating in winter and air conditioning in summer
    • Dedicated recycling unit
    • Separate walk in showers to encourage guests to use the shower instead of the bath resulting in water saving
    • Re-use of furniture and fittings after our refurbishments by donating to local charities and businesses
    • Installation of low energy light bulbs
    • Recycling of obsolete IT equipment by Shred Fast, in accordance with WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive)

    Everyday actions

    • Recycling of paper, plastic, card board, glass, mobile phones, waste cooking oil, toner cartridges and dry cleaning coat hangers
    • Re-use towels on guest request
    • Provide newspapers on request to avoid wastage and recycle any spares
    • Daily monitoring of water/gas/electricity consumption to aid reducing consumption levels
    • Bulk purchase of chemicals
    • Chemical dosage dispensers
    • Donate soap bars and toiletries to charity
    • Compact waste so less collections required
    • Encourage car share
    • Encourage cycle to work and have provided cycle rack facilities plus cycling discounts
    • Encourage local transport and provide information on their facilities
    • Purchase recycled goods
    • Provide environmental awareness and training as part of the induction programme
    • On going environmental and awareness training
    • Have a dedicated environmental group driving forward new initiatives
    • Use conference call phones between properties to minimise travel
    • Co-ordinate in advance staff taxi journeys and pick ups to minimise number of taxi journeys

    Local support

    • Provide information on walks, wildlife and parks for our guests
    • Organised walking and jogging tours running from the hotels
    • Organised biking clubs running from the hotels
    • Support of a local community garden called Heriot Bridge Garden which won third place in Keep Edinburgh Growing competition
    • Provide local transport services information to our staff and guests
    • Provide cycle hire information
    • Use local produce for beverages, fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy
    • Use organic produce in our breakfast items
    • Work closely with cycle clubs
    • Work closely with golf courses

    Latest initiatives

    We have a dedicated architect in charge of Sustainable Hotel Design to take advantage of environmental opportunities in our developments:

    • The design of our Hotels is eco-friendly. Our new build hotel in Dundee has taken advantage of the latest energy saving materials and techniques. These being extensive thermographic imaging to ensure the building was air tight and to identify thermal spots. This property also incorporated the most up-to-date ventilation system available at the time.
    • The hotels are located in city centres rather than using greenfield space. This also minimises wastage of energy and resources.
    • Keycard systems control lighting, heating and air coolers when room not in use
    • Building management systems are in place to control temperatures throughout the building
    • Existing lifts have been replaced with energy efficient lifts
    • Energy saving lighting, dimmers and motion detectors are in place