Pochin’s has topped out on a new Hilton Garden Inn hotel as part of Stoke-on-Trent’s Smithfield development.
The 140-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn hotel is the first for the Hilton brand in the city.
Smithfield is a partnership between Genr8 and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and to date has boosted the local economy by over £80m of GVA per annum.
Genr8 Developments has also released CGI images of the restaurant and bar areas Hilton Garden Inn, designed by ICA, which is currently under construction at Genr8’s Smithfield development in Hanley.
Richard Ingham, partner at Genr8, said: “Bringing the Hilton brand to Stoke-on-Trent is a significant step and we’re delighted to reach this important milestone.
“It was always important to us that the hotel was of the highest possible quality, in keeping with the rest of the Smithfield scheme and reflective of the ambitious regeneration the city is currently undergoing.”
Work began on the hotel in Spring 2018 as Genr8 appointed Pochin as the main contractor for the project and is expected to be completed towards the end of the year.
Works also continue at pace on the 11 storey Clayworks build-to-rent apartments – also part of the mixed-use Smithfield scheme, with apartments launched to market in the next few months. Pochin’s is the main contractor on the scheme.
The build-to-rent concept is being brought to Stoke-on-Trent for the first time by Genr8 and Fortior Homes – a private housing company established by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to deliver high-quality homes that address identified gaps in the private sector housing market.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “The topping out of the Hilton Garden Inn hotel marks a key milestone in our work to transform and reinvent our city centre.
“This is a major investment in Stoke-on-Trent’s leisure offer – the hotel will attract new business and visitors, support existing businesses with increased footfall and help towards improving the overall perception of our city.
“Alongside the exciting expansion of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, and the imminent redevelopment of the East West Precinct site, this is a really exciting time for the city. It also creates jobs and opportunities for our residents, which is one of our key priorities.”
Detailed work is now ongoing on the next phases of development at Smithfield which are will include more office space and a second block of build-to-rent apartments.