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Lord CreweA medieval hotel set in Blanchland, near the Northumberland-Durham border has underlined its green credentials by installing a biomass boiler to cut down its energy bills.

The boiler was fitted as part of Calcot Hotels of Gloucestershire £1.5 m transformation of The Lord Crewe Arms, into a luxury hotel with a fine dining restaurant.

The new Biomass system is now located into a remote purpose built plant room building and will utilise considerable environmental and financial advantages.  The boiler will provide heating and hot water within the building using wood chips and save Calcot Hotels of Gloucestershire thousands of pounds in energy bills every year.

Director and Project Engineer of Avoca Consulting Engineers, James Houghton said:  “Incorporating twenty-first century technology into this historic property presented us with a unique challenge.  At the client’s request we developed a design solution which will provide a low carbon and energy efficient system for years to come, whilst maintaining respect to the historical value of the building.”

The Hotel’s transformation was designed to preserve the unique character of the 13th century stone-built hotel, originally part of Blanchland Abbey, with its stone-flagged floors and timber beams and bar built into the former crypt.

Works were complete on this project early Spring 2014. To see a recent review published by The Journal’s Secret Diner click here.