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Introducing The Hotel Eco-Extension

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Introducing The Hotel Eco-Extension

October 21
20:07 2013
Introducing The Hotel Eco-Extension

Imagine the following situation: A couple of years ago you were planning to extend the size of your hotel but the ensuing economic downturn used up the majority of your reserves. Now business is picking up once more, you still need to find a way of meeting your expansion objectives but the prohibitive costs involved in commissioning architects, obtaining planning permission and physically building your extension mean that your dream is still out of reach.

However, now there is a different solution that’s relatively inexpensive, easily installed, environmentally friendly and will add extra space in your business without the hassle and cost of a traditional extension.

Catering in Scotland
introduces Dab Den, an innovative, green and cost-effective alternative to traditional bricks and mortar…

Originally created for use as garden studios, Dab Dens have been built for a variety of other industries and sectors, including construction, education (as overfill classrooms) healthcare, leisure, business and – increasingly – hospitality and tourism.

Recently, Dab Den’s Managing Director, Katherine Davies, was approached by a hotelier in Aberdeenshire, who saw the Dab Den as an eco-friendly solution to extending his business: ‘After we had conducted the necessary consultations and surveys, the gentleman ordered a number of pavilions – all en suite – in order to offer his guests an attractive and eco-friendly alternative to staying in the hotel,’ explains Katherine.

Constructed out of prefabricated structurally insulated panels (SIPs), the Dab Dens offer quick build times (typically around two weeks for a hotel pod) and a high standard of materials and craftsmanship that makes them far superior, stronger and easier to put together than regular building materials.

Inside, the dens feature under-floor heating and a mechanical heat-recovery system which re-circulates warm air and blows it back in through a filter, expelling any stale air outside.

Katherine believes that Dab Dens are a step beyond chalets, and that they can help to create a unique selling point for hotels of all sizes:

‘With eco-tourism big business these days, many guests are attracted to the idea of staying in a warm, luxurious, self-contained, eco-friendly annexe to the main hotel,’ she says.

‘Because Dab Dens are available in any size or shape, and our in-house design team and qualified architects handle all the design, planning applications and build process, it really is as simple as choosing your specification and then leaving the rest to us.’

So, if you’re still looking to expand, consider a Dab Den for your business. As an attractive, affordable piece of architecture that helps to reduce the energy consumption of homes, hotels and other businesses throughout the country, it’s a credible alternative to a traditional extension.

Visit for more information on how Dab Den can add value to your business.

This article has been edited from its original version. For the complete feature, please see Catering in Scotland magazine November/December 2010.

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