Bristol Airport in the UK is getting its first hotel, with its rooms and hallways pre-manufactured in China and shipped to site for slotting into place.
The 201-room hotel is financed and owned by CIMC Group, the $12bn-turnover Chinese plc, and will be managed by Hilton Worldwide, which said the modular prefabrication technique avoids problems associated with conventional construction.
Artist’s render of the completed hotel (CIMC MBS)
Under its cut-price "Hampton by Hilton" brand, the hotel will open in the fourth quarter of this year and have flexible meeting spaces, a 24-hour fitness room, parking for 120 cars, complimentary WiFi, and Hampton’s "On the House" hot breakfast.
Bristol is just the first site for a new Hilton-CIMC partnership aimed at building hotels using CIMC cash and modular-building know-how. The alliance was announced just after the final modular unit was installed at Bristol.
"CIMC’s capacity to deliver modular sections of the building to the final hotel site offers an incredible opportunity to overcome many of the challenges faced during construction," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, in a press notice.
"Alongside potential time and cost efficiencies, CIMC’s ability to provide senior debt to developers using its modular building technique underpins its robust growth model, and we are seeing more and more opportunity for this structure in mature markets such as the UK, and developing economies, most notably in Africa."
Karen Liu, head of CIMC’s modular division, CIMC MBS, said they would start building more hotels this year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Bristol saw record passenger volumes last year when 6.7 million people passed through its terminal, making it the UK’s ninth busiest passenger airport.
It was also named the UK’s most punctual airport for the second year running, in a league table measuring on-time performance based on data compiled from over 43 million flight records by aviation data provider, OAG.
Photograph: Rooms and hallways are prefabricated in China and shipped to site for Bristol Airport’s first hotel (Bristol Airport)