Travelodge, a UK hotel chain have announced a hotel made of steel modules that resemble shipping containers, which are stacked on top of each other like Lego. Almost.
Each module contains a bedroom and bathroom, with plumbing and wiring ready to hook up to the rest of the units. Once the container-like elements have been bolted together, the structure’s exterior walls are covered with brickwork or other cladding to make them look like any other Travelodge. It’s currently being used to build hotels in Uxbridge and Heathrow Airport in the UK. When the hotels have run their course, they can be dismantled and the steel casings can be reused at other sites. There is no news on the construction materials used, and how
Modular building will help speed up further expansion (although I’m not sure there is a shortage of hotels), and will also make it feasible to build temporary hotels for major events like the Olympics that is in London in 2012. They estimate that a hotel could be built in as little as 12 weeks using this method.