Work starts on new hotel at London Southend Airport


New 4 star airport hotel being built in time for the 2012 Olympics

London Southend Airport hotelA new 129 bedroom 4 star hotel will be built on land adjacent to the Harp House Roundabout and provide high quality facilities for airport passengers as well as local business users and restaurant diners.

The £10 million project is set for completion by summer 2012, in time for the Olympics. The five-storey building will feature a restaurant and exclusive private dining room on the top floor, in which guests can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the airport.

Alastair Welch, managing director of London Southend Airport says “High quality and convenient hotel facilities are an essential ingredient of successful regional airports and an important part of our plans to modernise London Southend airport. This hotel will greatly improve facilities for passengers, as well pilots and flight crew using the airport, whilst also becoming an exciting new venue and resource for local businesses and people. We hope that they will make use of the facilities, particularly the restaurant. Our vision is to make this one of the top places to eat in the region.”

Willmott Dixon will carry out the construction and its hotel sector manager Tim Wheeldon believes the development is symbolic of the airport’s continued renaissance: “This hotel represents a considerable investment and reinforces Stobart Group’s plans to develop the airport into a striking and modern new facility. We are working to a tight programme with completion scheduled before the Olympics, and we will be utilising local labour and suppliers, as and when we can, during the build and fit out process.”

He adds: “We are experienced hotel contractors and this, along with a healthy pipeline of additional work, underlines our ongoing commitment to the hotel industry. We are pleased to be working with the Stobart Group in developing this quality 4 star hotel.”

Both the manager and the brand of the hotel will be announced in due course.