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Uxbridge Travelodge, London, United Kingdom 
Monday 18 Aug 2008
 
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06/07/09 Tony Disley, London UK
It is really an amazing prefab modules sample project for all the other budget hotel chain venture capital. By this way, the developper can handle 50 or 70 hotels at the same time within one year, and the key point is no matter where the hotel will be located at any corner of world. Travelodge did the good job. Even Verbus systems.
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But the project should be faster than what public said. and saving 10% cost is not good enough. As my experience, if it can only use half time of traditional way, and save at least 25% cost. That is practical and valuable for all investor or real estate company.<p>

When I visit the prefab hotel makers in Shanghai, there is a great company based in Shanghai--Agson Engineers. good on student accommodation, budget hotel,mining camps, military camps...
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10/02/09 http:\www.csshippingcontainers.co.uk, Stowmarket
I think that it is a great shame that the hotel at Uxbridge was not made using second hand or even once used shipping containers. To have them made specially in China and shipped over seems to be missing the point when there is a quality supply of shipping containers already in this country. I know of many firms, apart from ours, that specialise in the conversion of such containers. The use of them would save on construction time and be of a comparative price and quality to the specially made units here AND save on travel miles and be a good way of recycling an industrial product. Surely much better than saying that the modules could be reused in the future?
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06/01/09 DR JOS.J. MCGRAW, COLL. STA TX 77840
AS A DESIGN PROFESSOR AT TXAS A&M UNIV, COLLEGE OF ARCH I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS;..... HAS THIS TECHNIQUE BEEN UTILISED TO DESIGN/BUILD A HOSPITAL.....? WE HAVE A PROJECT IN THE STUDIO THIS SPRING TO DESIGN A NATIONAL CANCER HOSPITAL/CENTE FOR TAIWAN. IS IT FEASIBLE TO DO SO EMPLOYING WAT I SEE AND READ HERE...DR JOSEPH MCGRAW JJMCGRAW5@VERIZON.NET
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28/08/08 Ti, Ottawa
I am in agreement with most of the comments above. The potential for the inventive reuse of containers has not been attained in this bland final project. The whole project seems to have been the result of some unimaginative -even if good- steel framing and minimal (read bland again) envelope budget restraints. The potential to create a place that patrons would love to stay in or even add to their list of sites to see was sadly missed. Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67 comes to mind as a point the design committee could have used to launch their own unique construction...too bad.
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19/08/08 Nacho, Los Angeles
What a great concept.
But the architect truly killed it by giving the building a typical ugly facade of another European low budget hotel.
19/08/08 O2, Baltimore
The point behind recycling shipping containers is to use up the surplus found in the US and Europe - I don't think the trade deficit has reversed THAT much, has it? Preparing the containers in China, and then shipping them half way around the world, virtually EMPTY, misses the point, doesn't it? Please tell me that they were at least filled with cheap plastic crap before they left the dock.
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19/08/08 Ben, Athens, GA
It had such potential. Why not just leave it exposed to show the structure behind the facade? It's a shame they covered up the containers with a bland, everyday front.
 

Editorial

Travelodge container hotel opens in Uxbridge, UK 

Travelodge, the budget hotel company, have completed their first recycled hotel made out of shipping containers. The 86 containers used in the Uxbridge hotel were prepared in China with plasterboard walls, electrics and bathrooms already in place before being shipped to the UK, stacked and assembled like lego pieces. The containers are simply bolted together and once installed at the site, windows are fitted, the modules are decorated and furnished, and then the exterior of the building is cladded.

The steel containers used were two different sizes and allowed for 120 rooms and a Bar/Cafe to be installed. The containers are fully re-useable and can simply be disassembled and shipped off to the next location if necessary.

Verbus Systems - a joint business venture between consulting engineers, Buro Happold and constructor, George & Harding has developed its unique modular construction system over the last four years. The design innovation is being considered a revolution for temporary accommodation at festivals and major sporting events due to the ease and speed in which the buildings can be taken apart and reassembled.

A traditional 100-bed hotel costs Travelodge around £5 million to build. Construction using shipping containers reduces costs by up to 10 per cent, making the bill for a hotel of the same size around £4.5 million. Using Verbus Modules also shaves approximately 25% off construction time, meaning a 100-bed hotel can be built in 30 weeks, instead of 40. Travelodge plan to build half of all future hotels this way and a second container hotel is already under construction at Heathrow and due to complete at the end of the year.

Niki May Young
News Editor

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