World Architecture News reports that the 86 containers used in the Uxbridge hotel were prepared in China with plasterboard walls, electrics and bathrooms already in place before being shipped to the UK, stacked and assembled. The containers are simply bolted together. Then windows are fitted, the modules decorated and furnished, and the exterior of the building clad.
The hotel has 120 rooms and a Bar/Cafe. Interestingly, the containers are fully re-useable and can simply be disassembled and shipped off to the next location if necessary.
A traditional 100-bed hotel costs Travelodge around £5 million to build. Construction using shipping containers reduces costs by up to 10 per cent. Using this method also shaves approximately 25% off construction time. Travelodge plan to build half of all future hotels this way. A second container hotel is already under construction at Heathrow.