Airvent checks in to Premier Inn
Budget hotel chain Premier Inn has built itself a reputation for offering a great night’s sleep – or your money back. And with a series of successful campaigns promoting its hotels that have seen Lennie Henry waking up in a variety of strange places, the brand is riding high.
But the sleepless nights have also been banished for Premier Inn’s management, following the growth of a relationship with Airvent, which is rolling out its maintenance services across the company’s UK-wide hotel properties. With the onus now placed on senior management to ensure corporate compliance across all UK businesses, stock market listed Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn and Costa Coffee, is taking its responsibilities seriously.
Airvent’s involvement ensures the group is compliant with all fire and safety regulations and responsibilities – a vital consideration, when the safey of hotel guests is at stake. The ongoing maintenance programme extends to regularly checking and testing fire and smoke vents, fire alarm connections, fire dampers on ventilation systems throughout the building, fire & smoke curtains and car park extracts at those hotels with basement parking facilities.
In addition, one unusual hotel extra the Airvent engineers need to check, are any dampers on the property’s laundry chute, where such a facility has been installed.
With Whitbread taking the lead, other hotel companies will surely be following and ensuring their maintenance programmes include regular servicing of key building safety systems such as fire and smoke vents. The hotel sector is coming under pressure from new accommodation sharing service Airbnb, which links those offering accommodation, often private individuals or small independent renters, with guests. And one key point of difference hoteliers emphasise, is the much higher level of health, fire and general safety protection they promise to those staying in their properties.