Hotel operator Hilton Worldwide has reached an agreement with property developer Urban&Civic to build a new £45m (US$68m) 357-bed hotel at London Stansted Airport.
Construction work for the Hampton by Hilton hotel will begin in late 2015 with a scheduled completion date of summer 2017. The hotel will be the largest Hampton by Hilton in Europe and will have direct access to London Stansted’s main terminal building.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Hilton Worldwide, said, “The introduction of Hampton by Hilton to London Stansted Airport is consistent with our strategy of developing focused service properties sufficiently close to the airport that guests can access the terminal without a shuttle bus. This strategy has proven successful for our hotels in a number of locations, including properties at airports in London Gatwick, Exeter and Liverpool, and is integral to our developments in Bristol Airport and here in Stansted. With more scheduled European destinations than any other UK airport, Stansted is an ideal location at which to develop our economy brand.”
Robin Butler, managing director of Urban&Civic, said, “We are delighted to have signed the franchise agreement with Hampton by Hilton and look forward to providing a warm welcome to travelers using Stansted Airport. This is a key site for us as we continue to invest in the growth potential of the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor. Good design in the right location is a touchstone for Urban&Civic and this hotel will be no exception.”
Urban&Civic attained planning permission to build the hotel following the acquisition of two acres of land from MAG Property, the property and development division of the airport operator Manchester Airports Group (MAG). The hotel forms part of MAG’s £260m (US$392m) investment plan to attract more passengers, airlines and long-haul services to London Stansted.