Premier Inn Hotels

Premier Pro-tection

Premier Inns is on target to reduce its carbon footprint whilst executing a major expansion programme, with help from Protan.

The UK’s largest hotel brand is aiming to cut its carbon footprint by 26% whilst increasing its number of bedrooms to 85,000 by 2020. Protan SE PVC single ply membrane is being installed on many of the new outlets, through its fulfillment of green credentials alongside durability and best value.

Premier Inns specifies single ply as standard for its hotels, for its low carbon features and durability: the company expects its roofs to last at least 20 years. Mechanically fixed Protan SE 1.6mm membrane has been the preferred choice at Exeter, Portsmouth, and Worcester, among others, for its added benefit of best value.

Elaborates Fraser Maitland, Protan managing director, “Protan keeps proving it is the best solution for contractors working for Premier Inns: it is always competitively priced yet gives the adaptability to build the roof in the most efficient way- usually either prefabricated or conventional standard overlap welded and mechanically fixed on site. And Protan delivers on environmental considerations too.”

Protan SE PVC single ply membrane is A+ rated under the BRE Green Guide, and has a production carbon footprint 1/5th that of aluminium. It is produced under ISO14001 environmental management and is further assured under Environmental Product Declaration. As a company, Protan is an active participant in the European RoofCollect environmental organization, which collects and recirculates materials.

Adds a spokesperson at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which owns Premier Inns, " Reducing our environmental footprint is an important goal for our business and our customers, which is why we look to collaborate with suppliers that share our values. Having made good progress so far, we are looking to reduce our carbon footprint by a further 15% by 2020, from its 2013/14 level. We are therefore grateful to suppliers like Protan, who help us ever closer to achieving our goal.”

Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top three membrane manufacturers in Europe. Manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Norway, Protan has roofs that have been in place for 30+ years without performance-affecting degradation. A full support service, from NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice is provided from Protan UK’s Warrington office.