Hilton Worldwide grows its fleet of UK airport hotels with new development at Stansted Airport
LONDON and MCLEAN, VA – 1 December 2015 – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has signed a franchise agreement to bring Hampton by Hilton to the UK’s fourth largest airport. The agreement has been signed with strategic developers Urban&Civic (LSE:UANC), who secured planning permission to build a new £45m 357-bed hotel next to the terminal of London Stansted Airport, following a deal to acquire a two acre site from MAG Property, the property and development division of Manchester Airports Group (MAG) – the owners of Stansted Airport.
The hotel forms part of MAG’s £260m investment plan to attract more passengers, airlines and long-haul services to Stansted, the fastest growing airport in the UK.
Work is due to start on the stylish new hotel by the end of the year and Hampton by Hilton Stansted Airport is set to open with direct terminal access in summer 2017. It will be the largest Hampton by Hilton in Europe with 357 guestrooms.
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 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.1”
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 travellers 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.”
Situated 45km from central London, Stansted Airport is easily accessible to the UK’s capital, with direct trains to London Liverpool Street. Passenger numbers passing through Stansted Airport increased to more than 22 million this year, making it the UK’s fastest growing major airport. Attracting passengers from a large catchment area, encompassing much of London and east England, Stansted Airport has an extensive route network that serves 170 destinations.2 Lynda Shillaw, MAG Property CEO, said, “We are pleased to confirm the completion of the deal with Urban&Civic to create a 357-bed Hampton by Hilton hotel at London Stansted Airport, supporting the increased passenger growth at the UK’s fastest growing airport.
“At MAG Property, we know airport property and we know how to help our occupiers and partners to get the most out of our unique airport locations. Our deal with Urban&Civic is another great example in action.”
Offering travellers high quality amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast, Hampton by Hilton – Europe’s fastest growing hotel brand3 – is developing rapidly in greater London. Hampton by Hilton London Stansted will join Hampton by Hilton Waterloo and upcoming hotels in Ealing, Croydon and London Docklands. Hampton by Hilton has a total of 16 hotels currently operating in the UK & Ireland with a further 17 under development.
Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton by Hilton brand management, Hilton Worldwide said, “Hampton by Hilton is committed to providing guests with a great night’s sleep, friendly service and modern amenities, all for a reasonable price. This combination has captivated guests and helped propel Hampton by Hilton into more than 2,000 locations globally.”
Hampton by Hilton Stansted Airport is set to become Hilton Worldwide’s largest Hampton by Hilton in Europe, surpassing Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre which opened in 2014.
1 London Stansted Airport
2 London Stansted Airport
3 STR Pipeline Report, June 2015