Gilbert Ash recognised for innovative £7.2m build

The Worcester Premier Inn
The Worcester Premier Inn

Building contractor Gilbert-Ash has been recognised with an international Gold Green Apple Environment Award for its innovation in the field of climate adaptation.

The construction of a new Premier Inn at Worcester Cricket Club has incorporated features to help mitigate against the risk of flooding – a concern for many businesses as flood damage is forecast to rise five-fold across Europe by 2050 according to research published in the journal, Nature Climate Change.

The project, worth £7.2m, involved the construction of a 120 room hotel on a flood plain.

MD Ray Hutchinson said: “We have delivered several hotels for them in the past and we recognised the challenges involved in flood mitigation on this particular project at the outset. We feel that our approach has delivered a hotel which is prepared for future climate changes.”

“Our solution involved a concrete transfer slab on level one which would support the hotel’s timber frame above. The hotel was then raised on stilts, lifting it above the ‘at risk’ zone.

James Pitcher, CSR director at Whitbread, said: “Whitbread recognises the impact climate change has on our business. “We are therefore committed to mitigating the risks by integrating climate adaptation within our design and construction process.”

The firm will now represent the UK in the Green World Awards, and the European Business Awards for the Environment.