Hilton London Kensington is the latest Hilton Hotel in the UK to have an on-premise laundry installed by Girbau.
Hilton London Kensington has over 600 rooms and its facilities include 11 function rooms, a gym and sauna. Previously its laundry processed bath robes, face cloths, blankets and general housekeeping items, while bed linen and towels were processed off-site. A key objective of the new laundry was to enable the hotel to add the processing of a daily average of 1,200 kg of towels.
At the outset of the project Girbau UK visited the hotel to undertake a comprehensive study of the existing laundry. From this Girbau’s laundry consultant was able to recommend the mix of machines required to maximise operational efficiency and flexibility. Girbau also offered advice on the required staffing levels for operating the expanded laundry.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Hilton Supply Management and Hilton London Kensington to plan, equip and commission the new laundry,” said Stephen Hodgkins, National Business Development Manager at Girbau UK. “With more than 55 years’ experience in helping customers to install and operate laundries, Girbau is well equipped to offer the long-term partnership approach that Hilton Worldwide are looking for. It is very much the Girbau way.”
The new laundry features two 57 kg-capacity Girbau HS-6057 washers, one HS-6023 washer and one HS-6017 machine. For drying it has two Pro Series II GU170, 77kg capacity dryers, one ED460 23kg capacity EcoDryer and one ED340 17kg capacity EcoDryer, all gas-fired. As well as increasing capacity, the new equipment is expected to be more efficient in the use of energy, water and chemicals. With a mix of smaller and larger machines, the hotel has the flexibility to process a wide range of items in varying quantities as well as the ability to launder guests’ items, as required.
Girbau UK’s drawing office produced a detailed installation layout utilising the available space in the laundry, accommodating all the new equipment and ensuring an ergonomic, productive and hygienic workflow. Its factory-trained engineers installed and commissioned all the equipment and the hotel’s staff were given comprehensive hands-on training on its use. Girbau’s factory-trained engineers are on call for rapid response service support, if required by the hotel.
The high-productivity HS-6057 washers feature Girbau’s Easy Load function, which helps to compact a load to increase capacity and operational efficiency. It opens one of the machine’s water inlets to moisten laundry, compacting it and eliminating air gaps. It also makes it easier to unload the machine when washing becomes compacted by high centrifugal forces. The system turns the washer to the left and right to shake the laundry free of the drum.
Hilton London Kensington joins a number of other Hilton hotels to have recently been equipped by Girbau UK. These include: Hilton Bath City, Hilton St Anne’s Manor, Hilton Cobham, Hilton Blackpool, Hilton Manchester Airport, Hilton Nottingham, Hilton Bournemouth, Hilton St George’s Park and Hilton Newbury North.