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As the hotel industry continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic, the hotel construction sector is preparing for a bumper period of activity with £2.5 billion-worth of projects in the development pipeline according to Glenigan’s construction industry intelligence.

The study covering the two years to March 2022 found 352 approved hotel construction projects across the United Kingdom.

 Regional Pipeline for Hotel Construction Projects

Region Number of Projects Value (£m)
London 60 740
Scotland 33 395
North West 45 372
South East 52 262
West Midlands 20 182
Yorkshire & Humberside 25 181
South West 40 119
East of England 22 111
Wales 18 74
North East 13 57
East Midlands 10 37
Northern Ireland 14 19
TOTAL 352 2,547

Source: Glenigan


London has the strongest pipeline of work of any European city according to the recent Europe Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report. Glenigan’s construction industry research shows that the pipeline of hotel projects in London to be approved since 2020 is worth £740 million.

London has larger hotel developments than the rest of the UK. The value of the average hotel project in the pipeline in London is £12.3 million compared to a national median figure of £7.2 million.

Two major schemes from the capital’s pipeline are already moving forward with tenders being returned for a £40.7 million hotel in West Drayton where work should start this summer (Project ID: 16329489) and construction of a £20 million Hampton by Hilton hotel near Heathrow is also due to start in May (Project ID: 18315386).

Regional share

Large hotel projects are also moving out of the pipeline in the regions; including the £35 million Heart of the City II in Sheffield, where work recently started (Project ID: 18347618). And RED Construction has also been appointed to build the £76 million Wellington Hotel in London (Project ID: 16019619).

A £28 million redevelopment of Cannon Place Hotel in Brighton started earlier this year (Project ID: 20317019). And RG Group was appointed contractor on the £58 million Tribe Hotel in Birmingham for operator Accor (Project ID: 18163052) in March.

Larger than average hotel projects are also being planned in Scotland, where the average scheme in the pipeline is valued at £11.9 million.

Work is due to start this summer on the £100 million Met Tower Hotel in Glasgow, which will comprise an 11-storey 26-bed hotel on Cathedral Street (Project ID: 19022697). A contract has been awarded to BAM Construct for a £38.5 million fit-out of the W Hotel in Edinburgh (Project: 21090752).

Prospects improving

The hotel construction sector had been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with a 32% fall in project starts in 2020 and a further fall of 2% last year, but prospects are improving following the complete easing of lockdown restrictions

The most recent Glenigan Construction Industry Forecast predicts a rise of 25% in hotel and leisure construction project starts this year followed by an increase of 17% next year. With a strong pipeline of approved projects, the hotel construction sector is well placed to offer opportunities in the future.

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