Trade hots up as historic Norwich hotel opts for high-tech heating as part of £2.5m refurb

A historic hotel in Norwich is thought to have become the first property in the region to install a high-tech heating system as part of an ongoing £2.5m renovation.

Eight bedrooms at the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland have now reopened, with capillary mats fitted in the walls and ceilings which distribute heat around the room.

The temperature can be controlled through the in-room iPads.

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Installing the mats involved a two-year process to reroute hot water pipes to the rooms, in the listed part of the building.

General manager at the Maids Head Christine Malcolm believes it is the first hotel in East Anglia to adopt the technology, which is now being used in 46 rooms.

The hotel is approaching the end of a five-year renovation, which has seen the public areas, facilities and all 84 rooms refurbished – at an estimated cost of £15,000 per room.

Malcom said: “The hotel was only managed before and was predominantly owned by the banks so it had not seen a lot of investment.

“With each project we have tried to look at how we can modernise it and make it more energy efficient.”

She added that the new look will kick start a rolling maintenance programme that will see 10 rooms refurbished every eight years.

The Maids Head is one of the oldest hotels in England – with reports of a coaching inn on the site as far back as the 12th century.

 

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