First glimpse inside Hull's new £25m DoubleTree by Hilton hotel

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Nov 2016

It will provide the largest conference and events venue outside Leeds and Manchester and will open the doors to its first guests a year from now.

Today, we can reveal for the first time how the new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull will look on the inside.

Piling on the Ferensway site began yesterday, with Lexington Avenue Leisure development directors Shaun Larvin and Sonny Nagra saying it was now "100 miles per hour" with the project.

"Things will start to shape up pretty fast," said Mr Larvin. "We have had delays with the project because of the modular build and things that needed ironing out, but we are now set 100 per cent for opening in November next year.

"The contractors are flying out to Hong Kong today to see the prototype and we should have the module on site in March or April next year."We are actively working up other projects, which will be announced shortly."

The 165-bed DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is costing £25m to build and will have conference and event facilities for up to 1,000 people.

The hotel will provide a 24-hour full service facility, with gym and fitness suite, a restaurant, a bar, and a business centre.

"We have bookings for it already," said Mr Larvin."When we announced it last year, people were ringing up.

"There is massive demand from companies who have had to go out of town for conference events and will now be able to hold them in Hull.

"It has been quite stressful making sure everything is right about the project, but we are not building it for 2017, we are building it for the next 30 years."

An extra million visitors are expected to descend on the city for Hull 2017, so the arrival of the DoubleTree by Hilton will be a welcome addition to the hospitality scene.

Developers at Lexington have completed acquisition with Lincoln-based Brayford Hotels, which will construct, own and operate the hotel under a franchise arrangement with Hilton International.

The site of the hotel is largely on the footprint of the former LA's nightclub, which has been demolished.

Hull City Council owned the site, which it sold to Lexington to facilitate the hotel scheme, and which will be created to a bespoke design. The remainder of the site was acquired privately by Lexington.

Mr Larvin said: "The history of DoubleTree hotels is redevelopments and refurbishments and there are only two in the UK that are new-builds – Lincoln and now Hull.

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"This hotel design will be bespoke to Hull and it is great to be able to share these artists' impressions that will give people an idea of what they will see when the hotel opens next autumn."

Planning permission for the new hotel was granted in July last year.

The manufacturer of its modular form, CIMC, is based in China and was the construction company behind the first modular hotel at Bristol Airport, developed under the Hampton by Hilton brand.

CIMC's 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.

At least 100 new jobs will be created at the Hull hotel. Another 400 positions will be created during the construction phase.

Councillor Stephen Brady, the leader of Hull City Council, said: "This is a milestone in the regeneration of our city centre. "The DoubleTree by Hilton brand will attract more visitors and business users to stay in the heart of our city, and the impressive conference facility will do likewise.

"I'm delighted to see that construction has started and the big vote of confidence in our city that this represents.

"I'm pleased to see that plenty of local firms are going to get work from this major construction project and I wish all concerned every success."

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