Blackpool construction firm gets go-ahead for £48m hotel scheme

Blackpool-based building group Create is set to start work on a new Hampton by Hilton hotel.

By Tim Gavell
Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 12:30 pm

The firm which has its offices at Whitehills, built the South Shore Hampton by Hilton hotel and has struck up a strong relationship with the international hotels chain.

Specialists in hotel and residential developments, Create Developments will be completing the new Hampton by Hilton hotel project with its sister company, Create Construction – experts in high-volume accommodation, who will be providing the construction expertise.

The firm said the new seven storey, 147 bedroom hotel reinforces Trafford Council’s ongoing commitment to improving its area and is one of many new schemes planned throughout the borough, bringing a much-needed boost to the local community.

A computer image of how the new Hampton by Hilton in Trafford will look

Following feedback from the initial planning application, which was turned down, Create redesigned the building to address concerns from the public and committee, by lowering its height and increasing car parking and external landscaping. It earned praise from the council for public consultation as a result.

Following extensive discussions with the planners, the hotel will be predominantly brick-faced, influenced by the architecture of traditional mills associated with the North West of England. Paul Mathison, CEO for Create Developments said: “As experts in hotel development, we are delighted to be working with Hilton once again.

“Our first Hampton by Hilton hotel development in Blackpool has been so successful, that we are now planning an extension to double its footprint.

“This new development project in Trafford comes at an exciting period of growth, when Manchester is experiencing a phenomenal construction boom.

Inside the Hampton by Hilton at Trafford

“We are very excited to be starting on site soon. This substantial £48m project comes at a time where growth and investment will be key in our bounce-back from the pandemic. The approval of the new plans will also help to protect and create new construction jobs and apprenticeships, as well as deliver over 40 new hospitality jobs for local people.”

Create Construction will begin building in the autumn with a build duration of 75 weeks.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President, Development, EMEA, Hilton said: “We’re pleased to be extending our partnership with Create Developments – the arrival of Hampton by Hilton Manchester Trafford will be another impressive addition to Hilton’s growing portfolio in the North West.

"Hampton by Hilton has proven to be extremely popular with guests, and we now have more than 2,660 hotels trading or in development across the world.”

The hotel will offer accommodation to visitors of other nearby attractions such as the Chill Factore indoor ski centre, Event City, Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, Manchester United FC, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, AJ Bell Stadium and many other leisure attractions and is just five miles from Manchester city centre and 10 miles from Manchester Airport.

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