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Posted By Adrianne Jeffries On August 22, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Architecture,Innovation,Prefab Housing,Recycled Materials | 16 Comments

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Travelodge [2] recently opened a hotel in Uxbridge, England that is constructed entirely from prefabricated shipping containers [3]. The completed design uses eighty-six containers of various sizes that were retrofitted into bedrooms and bolted together onsite. The exterior has been clad and fitted with windows, thus converting the assemblage into a seamless 120-bedroom hotel. Verbus Systems [4] estimates that the structure’s prefab composition saved the hotel chain more than half a million pounds and at least 10 weeks of construction.

travelodge, shipping container hotel, sustainable architecture, reuse, recycling, prefab housing, prefabricated housing, Verbus systems

Verbus Systems [4] claims that the hotel’s modular construction makes its construction 40-60% quicker than traditional building methods, plus it doesn’t require complicated construction processes or specialized labor, which helps to reduce cost. They also quote a 70% reduction in on-site waste. The interiors are indistinguishable from other Travelodge hotels, and after construction, the exterior betrays nothing.

Travelodge plans to follow up with a 307-room version [5] at Heathrow. They expect to save up to 10 million pounds (18.6 million dollars) a year on hotel development by using this new method.

+ Verbus Systems [6]

+ Travelodge [2]

Via worldarchitecturenews.com [7]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/22/travelodge-shipping-container-hotel/

[2] Travelodge: http://www.travelodge.co.uk/press_releases/press_release.php?id=323

[3] shipping containers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/23/ross-stevens-new-zealand-container-house/

[4] Verbus Systems: http://www.verbussystems.com/

[5] 307-room version: http://www.verbussystems.com/projects/project-a.html

[6] + Verbus Systems: http://www.verbussystems.com/default.htm

[7] worldarchitecturenews.com: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=10217

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