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New Gateway Hotel Embraces Green Revolution

Situated a stone’s throw away from Umhlanga Beach and Gateway Theatre of Shopping, the new Gateway Hotel – opening 1st June – has been designed to take the concerns of environmentally-enlightened travelers to heart. Although large and luxurious, it is a hotel with a small carbon footprint. With 146 rooms and five conference venues, “greening” the three-star Gateway Hotel, although no easy task, was a necessary undertaking, and is something that will allow guests to enjoy the facilities of the hotel with a clear conscience.

Focusing on the corporate, government, conference and leisure markets, the Gateway Hotel manages to incorporate sustainable policies without impacting on the level of luxury guests can expect to enjoy.
“The hotel will definitely meet the comfort expectations of our guests, especially with our state-of-the-art conference facilities, art décor style and the rooftop pool and bar,” said Michael Lambert, CEO of the Hotel’s management company, Three Cities Group.

The R200 million development, with its proximity to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, King Shaka Airport and the Umhlanga Village, will also allow guests to enjoy and take part in the vibrant North Coast lifestyle.

“Although the location and style of the Hotel is beautiful, we are most proud of its green and energy-efficient policies. I think it is important for all hotels to make those changes that will reduce resource consumption. In this case, all contractors of the Gateway Hotel have done exceptionally well in reducing – as much as possible – its environmental impact,” said Lambert.

There are many aspects of the Gateway Hotel that will appeal to the environmentally-conscience.  “For example, the efficient lighting solutions are not just about using low energy bulbs.
“Atrium light wells were introduced to facilitate natural light penetration,” said Burger. This, combined with a thermal performance glass ensures that air-conditioning loads are kept as low as possible, since direct heat energy transmission through the glass is controlled.

In order to ensure that rooms do not heat uncomfortably (therefore prompting guests to turn on energy-consuming air conditioners); the use of external shading devices have also been used.

According to Burger, this is considerably more efficient than the use of internal shading devices.  “This is because heat energy is absorbed outside of the building reducing the solar radiation load inside the building. The iconic “leafy” screen surrounding the “Gateway Hotel” is a particularly efficient shading technique which ensures solar shielding of the dominant northern facades of the building,” explained Burger.

“The Gateway Hotel has also been constructed from ‘green’ building materials. Where possible, effective and approved replacements for standard materials were used,” said Burger.
The Hotel also has regeneration drive lift systems, heat pump technology, a building management system that allows for the remote control of various equipment, variable speed drive installations which allow for the optimization of motor systems as well as an ozone water treatment system that reduces the need for chlorine.

These are but a few of the ‘green’ principles the Gateway Hotel has implemented.  Opening on the 1st of June 2011, the Gateway Hotel is bound to become a favourite among travelers – for its beauty, location and of course, kindness to the environment.  For further information, or to make reservations, please contact Three Cities Group on 086 1000 333 or 031 310 3333.