Here’s everything an eco-traveller needs to know about voco Zeal Exeter Science Park, IHG’s first lifecycle net zero carbon hotel opening in 2024
Sustainable travel shows no sign of slowing down – IHG Hotels & Resorts have announced voco Zeal Exeter Science Park in partnership with Zeal Hotels – the first lifecycle net zero carbon hotel for both businesses.
This follows the signing of a landmark exclusivity agreement between IHG and Zeal, which was revealed at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin in May.
Slated to open 2024 with 142 rooms, voco Zeal Exeter Science Park will be specifically designed to align with the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework Definition of the UK Green Building Council – the membership-led industry network.
The new opening furthers IHG’s commitment to supporting hotel owners to decarbonise and futureproof their assets – while generating profits – to protect the long-term value of their business and reduce their impact on the environment.
Karin Sheppard, SVP Managing Director, Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “I’m delighted that voco Zeal Exeter Science Park will be IHG’s first lifecycle net zero carbon hotel. This outstanding property in a beautiful part of southwest England perfectly illustrates the commitment of IHG and Zeal to doing business responsibly and will provide our guests with a place to stay that matches their own expectations around sustainability.”
He continued: “This agreement with Zeal follows a flurry of recent signings for IHG in the UK, and I’m excited to see the progress we’re continuing to make with our Journey to Tomorrow 10-year responsible business plan. It also marks another milestone for conversion-friendly brand voco, which is our quickest-growing brand globally and proving a popular choice for owners around the world.”
Tim Wheeldon, Managing Director, Zeal Hotels, told The Wordrobe: “We are proud to be partnering with IHG on this very important project for both our businesses and the world around us. We have a vision for Zeal Hotels and we’re looking forward to turning this into reality with IHG and the voco Zeal Exeter Science Park when we open our doors to guests in 2024. “At Zeal and IHG we want to play our part in creating a sustainable future. As we work together on this project, we are sharing our knowledge to help move our industry forwards.”
Signed under a franchise agreement and set to be managed by Valor Hospitality, the 142-key hotel will be situated in the picturesque southwest English city of Exeter and offer leisure and business guests facilities including a restaurant, bar, gym, gardens, meeting space and numerous car charging points. Situated for easy access, voco Zeal Exeter Science Park will be located adjacent to J29 of the M5 motorway, just a five-minute drive from Exeter Airport.
It will be situated at the heart of Exeter Science Park which, once fully developed, will be home to around 822,000 sq ft of buildings for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) businesses.