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 along with shops, homes and a school is brand new, and all the buildings share many sustainable design features.

Eddington Area

The plan was always to make the area as sustainable as possible:

  • 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).
  • There is a food waste scheme.
  • The area has a district heating network.
  • When plans for the district were drawn up they protected 2547 trees.
  • 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

The sister hotels have continued with the areas sustainability goals:

  • Food is all sourced locally, and they operate a food waste programme.
  • The hotel complex has underground chutes that have replace wheelie bins in an innovative waste disposal system.
  • 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 the hotels have bikes that can be used for the duration of your stay with them (there is a returnable deposit required).
  • 80% of the roof space is covered in solar panels.
  • They have bird and bat boxes throughout the site.
  • LED lighting on motion sensors is used in most public areas.
  • 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. 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 at both hotels during your stay.  Eddington is slowly emerging as a self-contained area of Cambridge.  There are already 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, which are open to residents and non-residents alike.  The Hyatt Centric and Turing Locke are built round a leafy 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.