The new Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, opening 12 March 2009, has been created with the initiatives of reuse, recycle and reduce to ensure the hotel operates environmentally effectively.The hotel has been built with an environmentally-considerate construction, where a building management system is in place to control all aspects of plant and hvac(heating and ventilation systems) to ensure there is more effective control of the amount of energy used. A combined heat and power unit enables the hotel to also reuse energy at peak times during the day.
A Green Team at the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast has been appointed to ensure all staff are guided in reduce, recycle and reuse policies and environmental awareness and training is offered to staff as part of the induction programme. The selected members of the Green Team will also be responsible for new ideas and innovative ways to introduce further eco policies to the hotel.
All guest rooms at the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast will be operated by an electronic key which controls the power supply in-room, which means the power goes off when guests leave the room. Guests staying at the hotel are advised to be aware of energy usage and recommended to switch off electrical appliances when not in use, as well as operating a towel policy to encourage guests to use the laundry service responsibly.
Reducing and recycling waste is a key focus for the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast. The property has its own plastic and cardboard bailer which reduces haulage by compressing plastic and card waste. An RDI waste system reduces the food waste by 80 per cent. This is done by taking out all the water which then goes into the sewage system and the remaining waste is converted into powder form and goes to landfill. In addition, the hotel has a recycling bottle bank on site.
Working with Climate Care, the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast will also offer a complimentary facility for guests to have their carbon footprint calculated for the duration of their stay, enabling guests to offset this, if wished.
Video conferencing facilities will be available for companies arranging meetings and conferences. This enables organisations to cut down their carbon footprint with non-essential plane journeys while state-of-the-art technology will be offered to ensure that meetings run smoothly with fast connections, good video compression and high-quality cameras.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast is located on Great Victoria Street in the heart of Belfast city. With an investment of £20 million (approximately €30 million), the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast will be a design-led luxury property, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland’s capital, adding a stylish dimension to the city. The hotel will be operated by Hotel Partners, Ireland’s leading specialist hotel management company, which also operates the Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast will feature 130-guestrooms including superior, executive and king rooms as well as six studio suites and a spectacular two-bedroom penthouse overlooking Belfast city. Other facilities will include a hotel bar, a vibrant restaurant, three conference rooms, an oak panelled private dining room, a state-of-the-art fitness suite for hotel residents, valet parking and a business centre.