Hilton Worldwide to open its first modular hotel at Bristol Airport

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Hilton Worldwide has announced a partnership with modular building provider CIMC to develop the first hotel at Bristol Airport under its economy Hampton by Hilton brand. The hotel will be financed and owned by CIMC and managed by Hilton Worldwide.

According to CIMC, its innovative modular technique significantly reduces the time taken for construction by manufacturing and assembling portions of the hotel, including guest rooms and hallways, in China before transporting them to the final site for assembly. The model helps ensure consistent quality and accelerates the build schedule on site, a benefit for developers and investors in mature and emerging markets alike.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide said, “CIMC’s capacity to deliver modular sections of the building to the final hotel site offers an incredible opportunity to overcome many of the challenges faced during construction.

“Alongside potential time and cost efficiencies, CIMC’s ability to provide senior debt to developers using its modular building technique underpins its robust growth model, and we are seeing more and more opportunity for this structure in mature markets such as the UK, and developing economies, most notably in Africa.”

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, commented, “The development of a high quality on-site hotel to be operated under such a world-renowned brand will be a very welcome addition to our facilities for the growing number of passengers choosing to fly to and from Bristol Airport. Alongside the terminal extension currently under construction, this is another statement of our ambition to be a world class regional airport serving the South West of the UK.”

The 201-room property is expected to open in spring 2016 and will be the first hotel at the airport.

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