New £2.7m extension, creating 36 additional guest bedrooms, underway at the DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham – Gateway Hotel
The DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham – Gateway Hotel was built in the early 1990’s. Between 2013 -2015 the hotel underwent at £6 million pound refurbishment of the existing hotel areas in order to re-brand as a DoubleTree. The hotel was previously called the Nottingham Gateway Hotel.
The hotel is a 4-star upscale hotel in the Hilton portfolio. With the combination of the Hilton branding, the hotel’s prime location just 1 mile from J26 of the M1, superb hotel facilities, and a strong hotel team, demand for the hotel has seen the requirement for an additional 36 guest bedrooms to be added to the property. The £2.7 million extension programme is the latest phase of expansion at the hotel. There are currently 105 bedrooms, along with 10 conference and event rooms, with the extension creating an extra 36 guest bedrooms which will take the capacity of the hotel to 141 bedrooms in total.
Building work started in January 2019, with the hotel remaining unaffected during the project. A separate building is being created within the car park which will be joined to the hotel. Hotel General Manager, Mandy Goldsmith, who has been GM at the property since it opened in 1991, has said: “Our occupancy levels are always very high so we are pleased to be able to increase the number of bedrooms we have available to cater for our growing business and tourist clientele.”
Senior business leaders have backed the plans, saying it is a sign of "huge confidence" in the local economy. Scott Knowles, chief executive of the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Leicestershire), said: "This level of investment shows huge confidence in the city and wider regional economy. It would only happen if the hotel management believed there was the market for it and, therefore, it should be welcomed."
Brendan Moffett, chief executive of Marketing NG, said: “We’re delighted to see this ambitious and exciting expansion at the DoubleTree by Hilton, which offers high-quality accommodation just outside of the city centre, which will help to cater for the ever-growing number of visitors to Nottinghamshire. Our thriving tourism and hospitality sector is now worth more than £1.8b and has demonstrated strong growth year on year, and will no doubt be bolstered by this important expansion at the DoubleTree by Hilton.”
GF Tomlinson are working on the project and the extension is expected is expected to be completed in January 2020. The £2.7m development has been designed by Nottingham architects Rayner Davies with structural engineering work from Price & Myers. Project architect for Rayner Davies, Mark Welsford, said: “We are delighted to continue our working relationship with the hotel and look forward to working with GF Tomlinson on this ambitious and exciting development.”
The hotel has a prime location, strategically located just 1 mile from Junction 26 of the M1 motorway, and 3.5 miles from Nottingham city centre. Regional capital of the East Midlands, Nottingham is conveniently situated at the heart of the UK, with excellent road, rail, tram and air links. The proximity of the M1, A1, A52 and A46 mean that nearly half of the country’s populations live within little more than an hour’s travel time, making Nottingham a convenient and cost effective destination for conferences. The hotel offers over 200 complimentary on-site car parking spaces, with the car park able to accommodate coaches and large vehicles for specialised events.