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MONTH IN REVIEW GO ONLINE EXPANSION Apex expansion continues in run up to £35m Bath hotel launch Apex Hotels is prepared for a “boost” to its portfolio with the opening of its newest £35m hotel in Bath. Making it the group’s first English property outside of London, the acquisition has brought its portfolio up to 10 properties across the UK. Apex Hotels currently has properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and London. The 177 property will open its doors in August and bring 130 new jobs to the local area. It will also be the location of Bath’s only purpose-built city centre conference facility for up to 400 guests. Angela Vickers, chief executive officer of Apex Hotels, said: “This is a significant milestone for the business and one that we have been working towards for some time. “The Apex City of Bath Hotel will be our first opening in England outside of London and is set to be the historic city’s largest hotel in terms of conference and events spaces and number of bedrooms.” Vickers added: “Our portfolio is stronger than ever as our presence in key cities grows year on year. Now the finishing touches are being put to Apex City of Bath Hotel, we can move our attention to new opportunities that will continue to strengthen the Apex brand.” July 2017 SUSTAINABILITY Historic Brighton hotel goes green by cutting ‘mood waste’ Historic Brighton hotel, The Old Ship, has become more environmentally friendly by cutting back on scrap materials dubbed ‘mood waste’. The hotel has put a stop to its annual practice of scrapping half of its aluminium and rattan outdoor furniture. Instead, it has opted for ecologically friendly Pacific Ocean furniture, which has been in America for some 20 years but is new to the UK. The furniture is made to withstand annual damage from salt air and strong winds, with claims that it will not rot, split or crack and is guaranteed not to fade, discolour or chalk. The furniture consists of pieces made from plastic debris sources from oceans and landfill sites. The hotel has also placed loveseats in its outdoor area, made from 100,000 plastic milk cartons. Paul Wright, general manager of The Old Ship, said: “By opting for Pacific Ocean, we are boosting our green credentials in two key ways. Firstly, our furniture is made from upcycled material and secondly we have cut out our ‘mood waste’ by opting for a brand with guaranteed longevity. “The furniture is already creating a stir and saving on staff time spent on cleaning and stacking. All we now need is a marriage proposal or two from the love seats, for the perfect ending to the story.” This is a significant milestone for the business and one that we have been working towards for some time Angela Vickers, chief executive officer of Apex Hotels 1 2 3 4 5 6 FIRE SAFETY Premier Inn ‘extremely concerned’ about Grenfell-type cladding on its hotels Hotel chain Premier Inn is “extremely concerned” about the aluminium cladding used on three of its hotels. In the wake of the fire that devastated Grenfell Tower in West London last week, the hotel chain told BBC Newsnight that three of its properties - Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham - did not “appear to meet the required fire standards.” However it did clarify that the cladding used on its hotels is thought to have been made with a less flammable product than the one used on the Grenfell tower. It said its developers were responsible for the materials used in the construction of the buildings. A spokesperson for Premier Inn told the BBC: “We are extremely concerned to learn that they had used a cladding that does not appear to comply with recognised government guidance of compliance with the Building Regulations for use in high rise buildings and are seeking to address this with the developers.” It went on to say that an independent expert had insisted that the buildings were safe to stay open and it had met their “robust” safety measures. 9