The Westcombe Group, a leading UK property developer specialising in Grade I and II listed buildings, today announces its completion of the £13 million Hampton by Hilton Hotel Old Street, at the heart of Shoreditch, East London, by Acre Hotels, its hospitality arm.
The hotel opens today, employing an initial 35 permanent staff across its five floors. Facilities will include a restaurant, a 24/7 menu available in its lobby bar, a conference room, and a gym.
The hotel’s construction saw the Westcombe Group build on its experience in hospitality by working with Hampton by Hilton for the first time. A leading commercial developer, Westcombe has successful franchise relationships with a wide range of leading hotel brands.
Today’s completion is the culmination of years of construction – a process which demanded particular skills from the Group’s expert construction teams due to its unusual double basement design. Excavating two separate basements of 5m and 10m depth called for unique problem solving while ensuring that a large amount of natural light still reached the basements, which contain meeting rooms, a gym, guest rooms and other state-of-the-art facilities.
The Group also adapted innovative secant piling, overlapping layers of material to ensure maximum water tightness and prevent leaks in the basement.
In keeping with the Westcombe Group’s commitment to heritage and its experience with listed buildings, the development was completed while paying close attention to the needs of the surrounding area and its residents.
As well as ensuring that the design did not detract from the character of the area, the Group undertook regular vibration and data level monitoring to ensure that the hotel, located in the Underwood conservation area, did not disturb existing buildings or nearby Northern Line tunnels.
Environmental concerns were at the heart of the build, which uses harvested rainwater in its systems and has a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, attesting to the high standard of sustainable construction overseen by the Group during the hotel’s development and its operation.
Kamal Pankhania, CEO of Westcombe Group said: “I’m proud to see the hotel open and taking in guests to enjoy our hard work. As with any large-scale build in central London, it is not without its challenges, but we’re experts in dealing with sites like Old Street, and I want to thank all of our team who have made it a success. We are confident that the hotel will serve its customers and the local community well. We’re delighted to have worked with as established a brand as Hampton by Hilton, and look forward to building more hotels with them in the future.”
Graham Dodd, managing director, development, UK & Ireland at Hilton, said, “We are delighted to partner with Westcombe Group on their first Hilton-branded hotel development, delivering a high-quality London hotel in this fantastic location. We very much look forward to welcoming our first guests to the hotel.”