Construction underway on £22million 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport

MAG Developments, in partnership with East Midlands Airport and the Azure Property Group, today officially announced that construction is underway of a new, First Class, Full Service Radisson Blu Hotel, and is scheduled to open in time for summer 2011, with the creation of 150 jobs.

Key stakeholders and advocates of the project - including Penny Coates, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport, John Atkins, Managing Director, MAG Developments, the property and development arm of the Manchester Airports Group, Christine Fisher, Chief Executive, NWLDC, Councillor Nigel Smith, Chairman of NWLDC, Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, National Forest, Sina Sarikhani and Barry Sadr-Hashemi from the Azure Property Group and Andy Waumsley, Associate Director, Bowmer and Kirkland - gave the new hotel a ‘sign’ of their approval at a beam-signing ceremony to mark progress to date, on the site located at Pegasus Business Park at East Midlands Airport.

Penny Coates, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport said: "This exciting development is a major boost for the region; creating around 150 jobs and reinforces the airport’s role as a key economic driver. It is also a huge step forward for the airport in developing a facility that meets both the needs of passengers and local businesses. We remain committed to offering our passengers the best possible service and this development is part of that commitment. The airport is very proud of the high quality plans and we’re extremely pleased that it will fit with our sustainability ambitions.”

John Atkins, Managing Director, MAG Developments, said: “This is the latest stage in our £50 million hotel development programme across our group and compliments both the growth plans of the airport and builds on our existing portfolio of 2000 beds at our four UK airports. The progress made on site to date is testament to our main contractor, Bowmer and Kirkland, who have successfully delivered various quality projects at East Midlands Airport. Having worked with Azure on similar projects for 15-years, we look forward to delivering this new high-quality, energy efficient hotel.”

The unique design of the 5-storey, 216-bed hotel will incorporate high-quality elements that reflect both the locality and significance as a gateway to the region, including a courtyard that induces references to the nearby National Forest with its timber features, and an aviation-inspired canopy. The northern elevation of the building will be clad in curved aluminium panels with feature flush windows and seamless joints similar to modern airliner construction.

Niels Nielsen, Director of the Azure Property Group, said: “This will be the premier hotel in the area, offering superior conference facilities. It will have its own unique identity giving customers a totally new experience.”

In line with East Midlands Airport’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2012, the hotel will utilise a range of low energy technologies to reduce the energy demand of the building; supplemented by an on-site Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine with a Pure Plant Oil (PPO) Tri-Generation Energy Centre; that will export electricity to the national grid outside of normal occupancy hours. This innovative system will also collect and store any waste heat generated in a thermal store, which will be used to heat and cool the whole hotel; and will deliver a 87% reduction in CO2 and supply up to 90% of the consumed energy from a renewable source.

The build also incorporates a number of Sustainable Construction Techniques to deliver a BREEAM Excellent facility. A sustainable Surface Water Drainage system that utilises techniques, such as porous paving in the car park; attenuation tanks and a rainwater harvesting system is also integrated into the design of the hotel to serve the WC’s in the building and the external landscaped areas. There will also be interior and exterior motion sensitive lighting to further reduce electricity consumption.

The hotel will be operated by Azure under the Rezidor Hotel Group’s core up-market brand, Radisson Blu. It will offer premium facilities including; eight executive suites, a full service restaurant and bar, extensive events and conferencing facilities, high-speed internet access for all guests and meeting delegates; plus full health and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms.

Rezidor is one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide – the group currently has more than 400 hotels in operation and under development in 62 countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Besides Radisson Blu, Rezidor also manages the brands Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Regent and Hotel Missoni.

MAG Developments is the property and development arm of the largest UK-owned airport operator, Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which comprises of East Midlands; Humberside; Bournemouth and Manchester airports. It has an investment portfolio of £320 million and manages an estate of more than 5000 acres, 220 buildings and 850 customers.

Published on: 19/07/2010 16:05:10

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