Locke opens sustainable hotel in Cambridge • Hotel Designs
The opening of Turing Locke, at the heart of Cambridge’s new sustainability, Eddington, marks the continued international growth of Locke, which has opened four locations in London, Dublin and Munich so far this year.
“The aparthotel perfectly combines mid-century design choices with modernist flares.”
Named after revolutionary computer scientist Alan Turing, the aparthotel comprises 180 stylish apartments (including one and two bedroom apartments, up to 74m²), each with fully equipped kitchens, Locke’s signature living and dining space, ideal for extended stays. The aparthotel also includes a restaurant, cocktail bar, cafe, retail space, co-working space, gym, meeting and event space for up to 150 people, as well as a seasonal roof terrace and a landscaped central courtyard.
Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects dRMM with interiors from the London studio of world-renowned design firm AvroKO, Turing Locke is inspired by the avant-garde movements established in Cambridge. The aparthotel seamlessly combines mid-century design choices with modernist flares, over a calm and comfortable color palette of greens, pinks, and teal.
Turing Locke will serve as the focal point for the new community of Eddington, which was developed by the University of Cambridge as an example of sustainable living. Sustainability has been central to the construction and design of Turing Locke, which includes on-site renewable energy sources, biodiverse landscaping and responsibly sourced furniture, lighting and wood, as well as 200 seats bicycle parking and 20 charging stations for electric vehicles. . These measures have made it possible to reduce development carbon emissions by 20% and aim for BREEAM Excellent certification. As part of a brand-wide initiative, Locke has partnered with climate procurement consultancy Dodds & Shute to source wood, furniture and lighting from responsible suppliers. As a result, Locke offset 116.53 tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to protecting 4,307 trees.
“Our ambition is to create a new community center in Cambridge and to make Eddington one of the city’s most exciting new destinations. – Stephen McCall, CEO, edyn.
“Turing Locke marks our ninth Locke opening and a milestone in our commitment to sustainability,” said Stephen McCall, CEO of Locke’s parent company, edyn. “It has been an honor to work alongside the University of Cambridge to create our new home in Eddington, which has allowed us to make significant strides in becoming a more sustainability conscious company. Our ambition is to create a new community center in Cambridge and to make Eddington one of the city’s most exciting new destinations, where locals and visitors can meet, work and exchange ideas.
By working with locally renowned partners to create two new dining destinations – KOTA and Dutch – Turing Locke will firmly establish Eddington as the new hotspot in Cambridge, creating exciting opportunities for existing local businesses.
KOTA spans three areas of the building, including a restaurant, seasonal rooftop terrace, and café. The main restaurant and courtyard specializes in lazy brunches, barbecue flavors, cocktails, and craft beer; while the cafe serves third-wave coffee roasted in-house by London roasters Saint Espresso, as well as juices and light bites. On the seasonal rooftop terrace, KOTA presents an innovative cocktail menu and small plates.
Dutch offers an extensive cocktail menu as well as expertly sourced spirits, wines and beers, as well as platters of British cheeses and cold cuts and salads, tortillas and small tapas-style platters.
A permanent art installation by local artist, Fiona Curran, reinforces the courtyard space, which aims to connect Cambridge’s rich history with its progressive future by drawing on references from archeology and astronomy . The destination will also host an evolving cultural program, which will include regular lectures, workshops, exercise classes and more, and will be available to assist locals and guests.
Turing Locke cohabits the building with the new 150 rooms Hyatt Centric Cambridge – Hyatt’s tenth hotel in the UK and the debut of its Hyatt Centric lifestyle brand in the country. Turing Locke and Hyatt Centric Cambridge share courtyard space and all common areas, including hotel food and beverage.
Main image credit: Locke