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30 MAY 2011
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Premier Inn, part of the Whitbread Group, and the UK’s biggest budget hotel chain, has announced that it is building a brand new property in the heart of London’s West End. No 1 Leicester Square will feature what is calls “floating bedrooms” that ‘float’ on thick engineered neoprene pads so that noise from the Square and a nightclub below does not disturb guests. The innovative bedroom design has been created by an expert team of acoustic engineers, architects and construction specialists.
Each of the 84 rooms will be formed from an independent box with no contact with the neighbouring rooms or hallway. Acoustic linings to the walls and ceilings will provide sound insulation between bedrooms; building services are isolated; and windows will have quadruple glazing.
Premier Inn has spent six months perfecting the design to ensure it meets the standards set by the company’s ‘Good Night Guarantee’. Two trial bedrooms – one with a timber frame and a second with a metal frame – have been built at the site and studies have been undertaken to establish their performance.
Construction work has started and the hotel is scheduled to open in February 2012. www.premierinn.com
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