New air­port ho­tel took just four weeks to con­struct

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A NEW Hil­ton Ho­tel in Birm­ing­ham has opened its doors af­ter a con­struc­tion pe­riod last­ing just four weeks.

Based at Birm­ing­ham Air­port, the 178-room ho­tel utilised an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to con­struc­tion de­vised in China.

The Hil­ton Gar­den Inn has be­come the sixth ho­tel to open for busi­ness at the air­port.

The ho­tel, on Con­corde Road, was as­sem­bled on site in a way which has been com­pared to Lego.

The con­struc­tion em­ployed an mod­u­lar tech­nique un­der which its parts, in­clud­ing the guest rooms, were man­u­fac­tured in China and shipped over for as­sem­bly.

The mod­ules were shipped to Southamp­ton via con­tainer ship be­fore mak­ing the trip on a trans­porter to Birm­ing­ham Air­port, where a crane lifted them into place.

The new ho­tel fol­lowed a fran­chise deal be­tween Hil­ton and Castle­bridge Ho­tels.

The con­struc­tion was car­ried out by con­trac­tor Bowmer & Kirk­land in part­ner­ship with CIMC Mod­u­lar Build­ing Sys­tems.

The com­pany has al­ready used the same con­cept on Hamp­ton by Hil­ton air­port ho­tels in Aberdeen and Bris­tol.

Speak­ing about the con­struc­tion process Jenna Di­enn, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, Castle­bridge Group, said: “The ground floor is a steel-framed struc­ture. Above the ground floor we have the bed­room mod­ules which use con­tainer tech­nol­ogy. They were near enough com­pletely built in China and shipped to the UK.

“They came to Southamp­ton ini­tially and were even­tu­ally craned in. They are self-sup­port- ing. It’s a great con­cept and they were all in­stalled within four weeks. It was weather de­pen­dent of course but it re­ally was a very quick in­stal­la­tion.”

One mod­ule might typ­i­cally con­sist of two bed­rooms and a sec­tion of cori­dor.

In to­tal 109 mod­ules were used in the ho­tel’s con­struc­tion.

The Hil­ton Gar­den Inn’s of­fi­cial open­ing also saw the com­ple­tion of its sale to the Blackrock UK Prop­erty Fund for an undis­closed sum.

Castle­bridge Ho­tels will con­tinue to man­age the ho­tel.

> The new Hil­ton Gar­den Inn ho­tel

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