City Living Developments to bring new hotel to Norwich (UK)

Hilton Garden Inn, one of the fastest-growing global brands in the Hilton family of hotels, is set for Norwich.

City Living Developments has signed head of terms with the hotelier to operate a 125-bedroom hotel at its £120 million mixed-use scheme at St. Anne's Wharf in the center of Norwich. The deal which is expected to complete in June will create the equivalent of 60 new full time jobs.

The first English Hilton Garden Inn, a mid-priced brand, opened its doors last year in Luton. The Hilton Garden Inn - Luton North, features a complimentary 24-hour business center, conference rooms, Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public areas, a restaurant offering cooked-to-order breakfast, bar with plasma screen television, comfortable living room area, complimentary gym facility and the 24-hour 'Pavilion Pantry' shop offering a selection of snacks, ready made meals, beverages and sundries.

City Living Developments chairman Garry Coaley said: "This is a great result for us and a real endorsement for the City of Norwich. We have been working very closely with Norwich City Council to ensure that we optimize the right mix of uses to deliver a scheme of the highest quality for the people of Norwich."

City Living Developments plans for the site also include 400 apartments and town houses, extensive retail and leisure facilities and a £2 million steel swing bridge across the River Wensum. The hotel is expected to be open by spring 2011.

City Living Developments has also had a strong run on residential sales having sold a total of 16 homes in the last month at its residential schemes at Paper Mill Yard, on the river, and Samson and Hercules Court in Tombland. Coaley revealed that City Living Developments is in talks with a local business man to open a restaurant which would specialize in local produce at the Tombland scheme.

In January, City Living also announced plans to open a factory which would manufacture modular building systems which would create 200 jobs. Coaley added: "We have narrowed our search down to Norfolk and are currently in detailed confidential negotiations to acquire premises."

Source: Brown Lloyd James Financial

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