Modern Building Services
Welcome to our "MBS Focus"

Hotels are unusual buildings, in that their occupants have a big influence on how they are operated. Unlike office workers, hotel guests won’t be ignored if their room is too cold or the hot water doesn’t work.

Mitsubishishi Electic, Round table, Hotel services
Influences on design

The MBS Focus panel discusses hotel buildings and examines how their design and operation are affected by owners, operators and guests.

Olympic sporting venues underway

A number of key sporting venues for the 2012 Olympics have made progress over the past few months.

Savoy Hotel reopens after refurbishment

London’s prestigious Savoy Hotel reopens in Autumn 2010 after a £220 million refurbishment that has taken three years to complete.

Whitbread puts £7 million into green estate

Whitbread PLC, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, will spend £7 million to boost the environmental performance of its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. Whitbread includes Premier Inn hotels, Beefeater restaurants and Costa Coffee cafes.

Travelodge targets growth

Budget hotel chain Travelodge aims to grow its estate to 1000 hotels by 2020, making it the fastest-growing budget hotel chain in the UK. In summer 2010, Travelodge boosted the number of properties in its chain to 452, raising its room stock to 30,504 across the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Platignum Environmental, CHP, hotel
Feeling the heat

Simon Potts and Andrew Miele explain why chp is so well suited to hotel and leisure buildings, and advise on how to make the most of your investment.

hotel, Whitbread
Achieving green

The Government sets high targets for achieving low- and zero-carbon buildings, but how can construction professionals make the vision a reality?

Titan Products, hotel, control, BEMS, BMS
Comfort with control

Building controls play a vital role in achieving the balance between hotel guest comfort and energy efficiency. Jim Barlow describes the latest technologies.

Lochinvar, hotel, solar thermal, DHW
Demand and supply

Hot-water supply is one of the most important aspects of building services for hotels. Paul Marsden explains the importance of understanding hot-water demands in hotels.

Calorex, hotel, heat pump
The water’s lovely

Tony Barnes of Calorex explains the important process of controlling humidity, temperature and fresh air for swimming-pool environments.

Dimplex, hotel, renewable energy, DHW, Electric Heating
Electric efficiency

Phil Chilton and Chris Davis explain how they are helping clients cut waste and use more renewable options to create efficient and comfortable environments.

Rinnai, hotel, DHW
Keeping it flowing

Geoff Hobbs outlines how one installer used smart thinking to keep hot water running for DeVere hotel guests while replacing a 20-year-old heating system.

Halton Products, chilled beams, hotel
A fresh look at hotel heating and cooling

Chilled beams are becoming more flexible for the hotel sector. Mike Beeton and Mika Ruponen explain how the technology is being applied.

JS Wright, contractor
New on the Bloc

Birmingham-based building services provider JS Wright has won a £400,000 contract to provide the mechanical services for a ground-breaking modular hotel scheme in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

Crabtree, electrical accessories
Card saves energy

Crabtree, part of wiring accessory specialist Electrium, has developed a new range of energy-saving card-operated switches for the hotel market. The switches help to control energy use in hotels by ensuring that electrical devices are not left switched on when rooms are unoccupied.

MHS Boilers, Solar thermal, DHW
Holiday Inn style

The Holiday Inn at Birmingham Airport is enjoying green and sustainable heating thanks to the installation of flat-panel solar collectors from MHS Boilers.

Rehau, White Underfloor Heating, underfloor heating
Underfloor for outdoor centre

Rehau partner White Underfloor Heating has installed almost 1000 m2 of underfloor heating at the newly opened Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.