LONDON, United Kingdom — Travelodge has opened a 120-room hotel that was built with modified shipping containers in the first hotel construction project of its kind in Europe.

The hotel in Uxbridge, London, which opened on August 15, was crafted from 86 steel containers in a modular construction project developed by Verbus Systems.

According to Travelodge, the containers were modified and fitted with hotel room fixtures and fittings in Shenzen, China, shipped to England, trucked to the site and then fitted together in a framework to form the building. It took only 20 days to place the containers in the framework.

After the infrastructure and other internal connections were installed, the exterior of the building was completed and a roof was attached.

Travelodge plans to build a 307-room hotel at Heathrow using the same technique.

Paul Harvey, the managing director of international and development at Travelodge, said his firm's use of modified shipping containers to construct hotels demonstrates its "commitment to innovation and cost effectiveness."

"Customers will notice no difference in their room to a traditionally constructed hotel, yet they will benefit from the low prices we charge due to our desire to cut the cost of doing business," Harvey said.