The South’s Most Sustainable Hotel?

Turing Locke and its sister hotel Hyatt Centric, Cambridge have many sustainable credentials which makes the hotel complex one of the “greenest” in the South of the UK.

They have only been open a couple of years and as new builds they were lucky enough to be able to include all the latest green features in their design.  The district of Eddington, which houses the hotels, shops, homes and a school is brand new, and all the buildings share many sustainable design features.

Eddington Area

The area of Eddington features a grey water recycling system with water recycled through cleansing lagoons for non-potable use (flushing the toilets and even watering the gardens).

The plans for the district protected 2547 trees.  There is a food waste scheme, and the area has a district heating network.

The Eddington area will be served by electric buses which are being phased in over the next few years.

There is also an electric scooter pick up and drop off point close to the hotel.

At The Hotels

At the hotel complex underground chutes replace thousands of wheelie bins in an innovative waste disposal system.

Food is all sourced locally, and they operate a food waste programme.

The team are working to ensure all packaging is biodegradable or reusable.  Another priority is to remove all single use plastics from the hotels, the bathrooms all have full sized refillable toiletries.

There are over 200 bicycle storage spaces, and they have bikes that can be used for the duration of your stay with them (there is a returnable deposit required).

Other notable sustainable elements are:

  • 80% of the roof space is covered in solar panels.
  • They have bird and bat boxes throughout the site.
  • LED Lighting on motion sensors.
  • 20 electric car charging points.
  • All the furniture and wood used in the building was sustainably sourced.
  • Courtyard planted with plants that add to the biodiversity of the area.
  • The only gas supply is into the kitchens and all gas and electric is from a 100% Green supply.

Hotel Facilities

Both the Turing Locke and Hyatt Centric are linked meaning you can use the facilities of both hotel during your stay.  The area of Eddington is slowly emerging as a self-contained area of Cambridge.  There is already a couple of coffee shops and a large Sainsburys.  All the rooms at the Turing Locke have kitchen facilities: cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.  You can go and stock up in Sainsbury and we even saw people going into the lift with a trolley full of food!!!

Madingley Road Park and Ride is a short walk, with buses into the centre every 10 minutes.  The hotels do have an underground car park that has limited spaces.  As part of the complex there is a restaurant, coffee shop and cocktail bar, all that are open to residents and non-residents alike.  The Hyatt Centric and Turing Locke are built round a lovely courtyard that offers guests a relaxing place to sit, relax and dine.  During the warmer months they also have a large roof terrace that can also be hired privately (although no music is allowed).

The Hyatt Centric has 150 bedrooms, all with double beds.  The Turing Locke has 180 rooms that are a mixture of studio apartments, 1 bed apartments and 2 bed apartments.  All the apartments in the Locke side have the fully equipped kitchen.  There are 2 interconnected meeting spaces set for 13 boardroom style (with fixed desks) and plasma screen (with video conferencing facilities).  Both the Hyatt Centric and Turing Locke have plenty of Co-working spaces and a small but well-equipped fitness room.