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Tŷ Hotel Newport sets new standards as all-electric hotel

Tŷ Hotel Newport

Tŷ Hotel Newport will set new sustainability standards when it opens later this month as the largest all-electric hotel in Wales.

With 146 bedrooms, Tŷ Hotel Newport will be the only hotel in Wales with more than 100 rooms operating without any natural gas, and among only a select number of large hotels across the United Kingdom to run on all-electric energy.

Opening on 31st May as the latest addition to The Celtic Collection, the new hotel will source its electricity from 100% REGO-backed renewable sources.  Solar panels mounted on the hotel roof will also create renewable electricity, contributing around 20% of the property’s overall power.

The kitchen for the hotel’s Mediterranean-inspired Casa Restaurant will operate using energy-efficient electric ovens and induction hobs which are expected to reduce energy consumption by at least 50% in comparison with traditional gas-fired equipment. The installation marks the start of a major upgrade programme to decarbonise kitchens across The Celtic Collection as part of its strategy to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

Low energy LED lighting has been installed inside and outside the hotel with passive infrared sensors in bedroom corridors and back-of-house areas to adjust lighting levels based on guest and staff use. Water saving devices throughout the hotel include aerated shower heads and wash basin taps.

The latest air source heat pump technology creates hot water, plus a modern variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system delivers highly efficient, demand-based heating and cooling, and circulates fresh and filtered air around the hotel.  All equipment is connected to an intelligent building management system (BMS) that efficiently controls heat and cooling where and when required.

The architectural design of the £20m hotel features a glass frontage covering all four floors to maximise natural daylight and create a light and airy feel, while bedrooms enjoy floor to ceiling windows.

The Celtic Collection Vice-President, Facilities & Development, Russell Phillips said: “We are delighted to be opening this landmark all-electric hotel and Tŷ Hotel Newport sets new standards for sustainable hospitality across The Celtic Collection and, we believe, for hotels in Wales. Tŷ Newport brings together a modern, sustainable construction design with energy efficient technologies, demonstrating our commitment to reducing our environmental impact.”