PPHE Hotel Group has secured funding for the new Art’otel London Hoxton in Old Street in central London.

Art’otel London Hoxton has been on the drawing board for well over a decade but subject to various delays. The group received planning consent for the new hotel last year.

Art’otel London Hoxton will have 27 storeys – 17 floors of bedrooms, five floors dedicated to facilities including a gym, swimming pool, wellness facilities, an art gallery, a destination restaurant and bar. The 24th floor is earmarked for an auditorium and events space. The new hotel will also have five floors of office space.

A preliminary opening date awaits publication. When it does open Art’otel London Hoxton will join the new 160-bedroom Art’otel at London’s Battersea Power Station which is expected to open in 2022.

Plans have been approved for a new seven-storey hotel in Plymouth. The new hotel is set to be built next to Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park football stadium. It will form part of an extensive new development at Plymouth’s Western Gateway.

The development includes a seven-storey hotel with 156-bedrooms, plus a ground floor reception, lobby, lounge bar and a café/breakfast area. A four-storey block is planned alongside to include a ground floor restaurant and gym. There will also be a car park with electric vehicles charge-points.

An anticipated completion in early 2021 was initially scheduled for The Western Gateway development but this has inevitably been delayed by the Coronavirus shut down.

Building contractors are starting work on the new Hotel La Tour in Milton Keynes.

The four-star Hotel La Tour will include 261 bedrooms, a restaurant and a fourteenth-floor sky bar and external terrace accessed by a scenic glass elevator.

Hotel La Tour will also include a gym and a pool plus 12,900 sq-ft of conference and events space.

As well as being the tallest building in Milton Keynes when it is completed, Hotel La Tour will also be illuminated with a projected LED installation at night to become a key focal point in the city, and will feature a large sculpture adjacent to the hotel entrance.

Hotel La Tour Milton Keynes is expected to open in 2022.

The Kia Oval in London, home of Surrey County Cricket Club since 1845 as well as being a major conference and events venue in central London, is planning an expansion.

The project - dubbed One Oval Square - is a new three-tier stand comprising of two main rooms on the first and second floors each with their own terraces and crowned with a roof terrace.

The largest space in the new stand will accommodate up to 850 delegates theatre style with floor to ceiling glass along the pitch facing walls. The room will include a viewing platform and offer direct access into the Pavilion for breakout spaces.

Events space on the second floor of the new stand will include a room for up to 600 delegates theatre style. The room will have a 6m high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. It will also have direct access into the Pavilion for breakout spaces.

The Kia Oval currently operate 16 meeting and events suites of various sizes with the largest accommodating up to 650 delegates theatre style, plus a range of outdoor and rooftop terraces.

Completion of construction work on One Oval Square is anticipated in 2021.

Ruby Hotels is planning a third hotel in London following the opening of Ruby Lucy in London’s Southbank earlier this year.

Ruby number two is Ruby Stella which is set to open in 2022 in Clerkenwell.

The third addition will be Ruby Zoe, located in the heart of Notting Hill and set to open late 2023.

Ruby Hotels offer a ‘lean luxury philosophy in a top location with high-quality fittings and outstanding design’. Ruby Zoe is set to follow the blueprint.

Ruby Zoe will be a new build hotel with 173 bedrooms. It will feature a street-front public area combining retail and hotel elements.

Ruby Zoe will be within walking distance of Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

New owners of the former Travelodge London Gatwick Airport located in Lowfield Heath, Crawley next to London Gatwick Airport are planning to relaunch it as a Hyatt Place-branded property.

The 185-bedroom hotel will undergo a major refurbishment, including upgrading all the bedrooms plus a full renovation of the reception, restaurant and bar areas.

The hotel currently has 125 parking spaces and is a five minute drive from London Gatwick Airport.

Restructuring work at the Hyatt Place Hotel is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2021.

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