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Radisson Blu Stansted



Radisson Blu Stansted cuts lighting costs by over 75% with LED upgrade

Superior quality lighting retrofit with “wow” factor and ROI in 2.8 years

The Client

The Radisson Blu Hotel at London Stansted Airport is a top choice for travellers and for business meetings. The hotel is ideally placed, only three minutes from the airport central terminal and has 500 rooms and suites.

The Brief

The Radisson Blu Stansted hotel had achieved excellent energy-saving results with LED retrofit projects fully managed by SaveMoneyCutCarbon and wished to extend this in the meeting and events areas.

It was keen to improve lighting quality but also to provide more scope for dramatic lighting that could be easily controlled. The hotel also wanted to see a solid business case for LED retrofit that would raise profitability and cut carbon footprint.

Annual savings of

£13.500

with LED lighting

The hotel is part of the Carlson Rezidor group, which is fully committed to reducing energy consumption across all properties through its Think Planet initiative, and is ahead of target to reduce the group’s energy consumption by 25% by the end of this year.

Over the past two years, SaveMoneyCutCarbon has partnered with Carlson Rezidor hotels to deliver energy and water-saving projects, completing detailed surveys, investment ready proposals, specification, product supply from major manufacturers, UK wide project management and installations.

In 2014, SaveMoneyCutCarbon completed a wide range of Think Planet energy and water-saving projects for Carlson Rezidor on time and on budget, cutting costs by more than £470,000.

Over the past two years, the SaveMoneyCutCarbon Consultative Sales team has partnered with Carlson Rezidor hotels to deliver many energy and water-saving projects in the past two years, completing detailed surveys, investment ready proposals, specification, product supply from major manufacturers, UK wide project management and installations.

In 2014, SaveMoneyCutCarbon completed a wide range of Think Planet energy and water-saving projects for Carlson Rezidor on time and on budget, cutting costs by more than £470,000.

Essex Suite before the LED upgrade (left) and after the wow factor RGB lighting was installed

The Solution

SaveMoneyCutCarbon carried out a full lighting survey of meetings and events areas, focusing on the largest room, the Essex Suite, bars and breakout sections to identify the types of luminaires, number of lamps and render as well as existing wattages, on/burn times, and lighting thermodynamics.

The hotel required not only a matching or better quality of light, it also wanted the most robust LED products to ensure reduced maintenance costs. Verbatim and EcoLED were chosen to meet these requirements, providing excellent light and LED working life of between 50,000-70,000 hours.

Rapid payback

in 2.8 years

with added 'wow factor'

Full control over dimming was also essential to provide the hotel with a full range of lighting options for a range of events, from business conferences to weddings.

RGB/W colour LED strip was installed in the trough areas in the main suite area, replacing white fluorescent tubes and this provides an array of colour choices that can be selected using a hand controlled device. This makes the area more appealing as a venue and is a great selling point for the hotel.

The SaveMoneyCutCarbon team worked closely with the hotel General Manager and Chief Engineer to minimise disruption, retrofitting the 340 LEDs on schedule and within budget.

Results

  • 2.8 years ROI
  • Lighting costs cut by £13.5k a year
  • 76% reduction in energy use
  • 76% cut in CO2 emissions
  • Reduced maintenance costs

“The main aim with the LED retrofit was to make energy savings and reduce maintenance costs. The area being lit is large and with so many fittings, there were always a number of failed bulbs and with the costs of using a scissor lift being high, maintenance had to wait sometimes to schedule replacements in a group.
“The new LED AR111s should mean that we can fit and forget, with the much longer working life of the lamps ensuring all the fittings are lit with no need to replace for many years. And the quality of light is much better while we continue to have complete control over dimming.
“We chose the LED RGB option for the Essex Suite to give us more control over the lighting in the alcoves, enabling us to match the mood and clients. For example, one recent company has red as their main colour and we matched that for their event.
“It is a very cost effective way of offering a range of impressive lighting choices that we can easily change and control through a simple remote controller.
“We’ve worked with SaveMoneyCutCarbon for a while and they always are on hand to quickly resolve any issues that might crop up and the quality of their work is very good. We also have a single point of contact, which makes things so much simpler – definitely easier than having to talk with four or five people.”

Matt Burke, Chief Engineer Radisson Blu Stansted

“Our work with the Radisson Blu Stansted has delivered excellent energy-savings and the Essex Suite retrofit adds to this strong record. But lighting is not just about reducing energy use, the quality of light is crucial in a 24/7 hospitality environment, as is the ambience. With top quality lamps and our RGB LED solution, we have transformed the hotel’s events areas.
“Stansted was a very good example of a newer building which still benefited from the installation of LED. Although some of the technology was not aged as in other hotels, the size of the area and height of ceilings meant installing LED will not only benefit the users and on energy savings, but also the maintenance team, as this installation means lamps will not need changing for many years. The colourful RGB in the coves is an eye-catching.”

Holden Cook, COO SaveMoneyCutCarbon

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