Swiss Laundry comes to Papworth Everard

Swiss Laundry revealed its brand new commercial laundry, which follows a £6m investment by the family-run independent business, as it achieves its ambitions to create one of the most technically innovative and environmentally friendly commercial laundries in Europe.



The firm, which has a Cambridge heritage dating back to 1904, is the city's biggest commercial laundry and offers linen hire and laundry services to tourism, hospitality and University customers throughout east Anglia.

Part of the Swiss Camplings group, and with sister business Camplings Linen based in Great Yarmouth, the combined group turnover in 2019 was £13m. Whereas the turnover for Cambridge based Swiss Laundry jumped to £5m in 2019, up from £4.5m in 2018.

The business has spent two years building a 38,000 square foot laundry in Papworth. Doubling the previous capacity of its former commercial laundry on Cherry Hinton Road, and launching new systems, technology and equipment to significantly decrease impact on the ecosystem, the new site has now been revealed as the board sets its sights on future development and long-term success.

At its peak, the Papworth laundry will have a facility for washing, drying and pressing up to 500,000 individual pieces of linen, involving bed sheets, towels and napkins, every week.

Speaking at the launch, Mark Turvill, Swiss Laundry's commercial director said: "We're really proud of our roots in Cambridge, and while we needed larger, more modern premises, we wanted to remain close to the city. Some of our employees have worked for us for more than 30 years. Our priority was also to upgrade and invest in the very latest technology, with the aim of minimising our impact on the environment. We've made a significant investment in new machines, which will dramatically reduce our water usage per kilogram washed, and, increase the amount of water we're able to recycle and re-use. While the design and installation of a new hot water system, replacing a traditional boiler, will minimise our environmental impact further. We're now able to control and direct heat to specific parts of the laundry, rather than heating the entire site, meaning less energy is wasted."

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