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Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan, part of leading UK independent hotel chain Hallmark Hotels, has invested over £1.5 million

Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan unveils £1.5 million refurbishment

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Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan, part of leading UK independent hotel chain Hallmark Hotels, has invested over £1.5 million into refreshing the design of its bedrooms, suites and conference rooms.

Situated in leafy Edgbaston, just five minutes from Birmingham New Street and a stone’s-throw from the city’s renowned Arena, the hotel is popular among business travellers and as a venue for events.

The refurbishment project, which began in 2016, has seen a £700k investment into modernising the lift structures within the hotel and a further £450k spent on turning 53 of its 135 bedrooms into City Doubles. Continuing into 2017, the hotel has most recently seen £200k spent on converting 18 of its bedrooms into Classic twin bedrooms.
The work will continue throughout the year, and will incorporate the refurbishment of its Wallace Suite, and six other meeting rooms which together hold up to 170 delegates.

Amy Windsor, General Manager at Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan said: “The widespread refurbishments have given, what was already a popular hotel, a more modern and streamlined feel. Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan has a natural focus towards corporate and business guests and the increased space and investment will help us extend our offering to new and returning visitors. Alongside our new menu, also designed to meet the needs to the business traveller, we’re delighted with the feedback we are getting from regular business guests.

“With Birmingham’s position as a UK hub for the meetings and events market, we are especially keen to see the completion of our Wallace Suite – our largest conference suite – which we’re looking forward to unveiling later this autumn.”

The investment into Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan is part of the group’s wider refurbishment initiative to modernise several of its portfolio of 28 hotels across the country.

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Dream Hotel Group

Dream Hotel Group announces first hotel in England

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Dream Hotel Group has announced plans to debut Unscripted Hotels, its newest lifestyle brand and hospitality concept designed for the progressive, creative traveller, in England by 2020.

The latest hotel signing with London-based Ciel Capital represents a major milestone for Dream Hotel Group, positioning the company as international hospitality innovators and leading the way for new growth in the region.

Setting a new benchmark for hospitality in the West Midlands, Unscripted Birmingham Central Hall will feature 135 beautifully designed guest rooms and five dining and nightlife venues, including a rooftop lounge on the third floor and two restaurants flanking the street level, transforming nearly half a city block into a communal gathering place for hotel guests and Brummies alike.

The boutique hotel is part of a highly-anticipated restoration and redevelopment of the former Methodist Central Hall on the northern end of Corporation Street, opposite the Victoria Law Courts. Designed by architects Ewan Harper & James A. Harper, the three-story, Edwardian red brick and terracotta Grade II*-listed building opened in 1905, and its distinctive tower remains a recognizable part of Birmingham’s city-centre skyline today.

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Principal Hotels announces plans for the Grand Hotel in Birmingham

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The hotel at The Grand, one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings, is to be redeveloped into a luxury, 180-room hotel through a partnership announced between Hortons’ Estate – which owns the Grade II-listed property – and Principal Hotel Company. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

The Grand was developed by the Horton family between 1879 and 1895 and contained shops, offices and the Grand Hotel, which the family ran until 1969. The hotel was subsequently managed by a number of operators until it closed in 2002.

“The Grand is a magnificent building in a great location. We have no doubt that it can once again become the finest hotel in the city,” said Cody Bradshaw, Managing Director and Head of European Hotels at Starwood Capital Group. “By adding Birmingham to our portfolio of Principal hotels, we further strengthen what we believe is already the finest collection of UK hotels ever to be assembled in a single portfolio, which includes our flagship London hotel, due to open on Russell Square this autumn following a stunning, £75 million restoration.”

Starwood Capital Group in November 2016 launched Principal, a collection of city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom. The creation of Principal is a part of Starwood Capital Group’s rebranding of its portfolio of UK hotels under the new name of Principal Hotel Company, which also comprises De Vere – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, mixing leisure with market-leading conference facilities. Principal Hotel Company is currently in the midst of a £250 million investment programme across the portfolio.

The Grand represents Principal’s first investment in Birmingham – the UK’s second-largest city by population, with a rapidly growing tourism market and an established conference centre offering, located just one hour from London. In addition to 180 bedrooms and suites, the refurbished asset will include extensive conference and banquet spaces, a restaurant and bar, a spa and a rooftop infinity pool. Interiors will be designed by Robert Angell Design under the direction of Starwood Capital’s Head of Design, Kemper Hyers, and the in-house Principal design team.

Since 2009, Hortons’ Estate has invested £25 million in the award-winning restoration of the building, resulting in the creation of 10 new shops and 1,000 sq. m (11,000 sq. ft) of offices fronting Colmore Row, together with significant re-modelling of the interior of the former hotel. The work has been supported by grants from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, Birmingham City Council and Historic England.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2019.

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Case Study: Roca at BLOC apartments, Birmingham

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Roca in collaboration with Boxbuild, have supplied a custom-made Solid Surface solution to create the ultimate durable and hygienic bathroom. BLOC’s new commission for their Standard and Apartment BLOC rooms in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, has allowed Roca to really test its tailored offering.

The partnership has created a complete wall, floor and shower tray solution, alongside a bespoke Solid Surface basin, designed and prototyped with Boxbuild, and prefabricated to fit the allocated space perfectly. Additionally, BLOC specified Roca brassware, accessories and sanitaryware for the bathrooms, including the stylish and ultra-hygienic The Gap rimless toilet.

Roca at BLOC, Birmingham

BLOC’s Managing Director, Rob Morgan said: ‘BLOC are always excited by pushing the boundaries of normal construction and are committed to changing the way that we build hotels for the future. Working with Boxbuild and Roca to deliver this simple construction process allows us to offer a luxury product to our customers, unique to BLOC, but without the usual maintenance issues of a bespoke fit-out.’

Roca work at BLOC, Birmingham

Roca’s Solid Surface combines flexibility, aesthetics, hygiene, sustainability and resistance to chemicals and is the ideal bathroom material for a contemporary, quality finish to BLOC’s compact, but luxuriously finished rooms. BLOC’s ethos is smart accommodation at honest prices for the savvy traveller. This means working with the latest materials and construction techniques for everything, from the hotel shell to the interior finishes.

Collaborating with Boxbuild and Roca to create bespoke bathrooms was an ideal opportunity to enhance the hotel’s core offer. This is BLOC’s second project with Roca; the first being its 248-room hotel inside Gatwick’s South Terminal.

Roca products at BLOC Birmingham extension include:
– T-1000 Bath Mixer
– Raindream round showerhead
– L90 basin mixer
– Loft handset
– The Gap wall hung WC & soft close seat
– Duplo WC frame
– Prisma LED mirror

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Park Regis Birmingham alongside general manager Robin Ford.

Royal opening for Europe’s first Park Regis Hotel

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Royalty visited one of the Birmingham’s newest hotels last week as His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, formally opened the city’s Park Regis Hotel, the brand’s first in Europe.

Accompanied by Mr Simon Topman MBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant representing Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Dr Keith Bradshaw, High Sheriff of West Midlands and Councillor Carl Rice, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, His Royal Highness visited the city centre hotel on Wednesday (23 November) to mark a formal opening and unveil a commemorative plaque, as well as receive a tour of the £50 million hotel which opened its doors to guests in March.

Distinguished guests joined The Duke for a celebratory toast while enjoying live music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. A qualified architect with a keen interest in conservation, His Royal Highness was given a tour of the former 1960s office building Auchinleck House, which was transformed into the four-star Park Regis Hotel.

Named after Second World War Hero Field Marshall Claude Auchinleck, the building was converted under permitted development rights from an unused and tired site to the modern hotel, with the addition of an all-glass sky bar onto the building’s roof.

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Park Regis Birmingham alongside general manager Robin Ford.

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Park Regis Birmingham alongside general manager Robin Ford

Preserving the history of the building, a bronze statue of Claude Auchinleck was repositioned from within the former Five Ways shopping centre to a prime location on Broad Street, in front of the hotel’s reception.

Robin Ford, General Manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “It was fantastic to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to the city and to the Park Regis Hotel. Despite having been open to guests since March, it was a honour to welcome royalty to the hotel to provide us with an official opening. The stunning marble plaque that he unveiled will be hung proudly in reception for guests to enjoy.

“As a qualified architect and someone with an interest in construction, it was brilliant to be able to showcase the hotel to His Royal Highness as such an important piece of the city’s transformation. The building is almost unrecognisable from its former self. It is a truly standout structure and The Duke was impressed at the transformation.”

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Park Regis teams up with John Lewis for Birmingham’s biggest presidential suite

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Birmingham’s newest four star hotel – Park Regis – has joined forces with retail giant John Lewis to supply soft furnishings and kitchenware for its presidential suite, the largest of its kind in the city.

Park Regis Birmingham, which opened its doors to guests in March, has purchased designer kitchen products and home furnishings for residents of its presidential suite to enjoy. The exclusive suite has the largest floor-space of any presidential suite in Birmingham, boasting a private kitchen, spacious lounge with scenic views towards Edgbaston, a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room, as well as two junior suites which can be joined to form one large three-bedroom space.

Robin Ford, general manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “As the city’s newest luxury hotel, it only seemed right to team up with the city’s newest high-end retailer to find products to supply our presidential suite with. We’ve selected quality cookware including Dualit appliances and Nespresso coffee machines, as well as cosy home furnishings to make our suite as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.”

Lisa Williams, head of branch at John Lewis Birmingham said: “It’s an honour to have been the hotel’s first port of call when looking to kit out its presidential suite. We are two new businesses in the city that have joined together to provide homeware that is luxurious and homely, perfectly suited to the extended stay nature of the hotel’s suites.”

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Park Regis Birmingham welcomes first guests

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Park Regis Birmingham, the city’s newest four-star hotel and the brand’s first in Europe welcomed its first guests on Tuesday 29th March.

The £50 million development at Five Ways has undergone a vast transformation, with 1960s office tower ‘Auchinleck House’ having been converted into the sleek and modern upscale hotel. With 253 bedrooms, two junior suites and the largest presidential suite in the city, Park Regis Birmingham is set to become a destination for both leisure and business travellers.

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The hotel plays host to two restaurants; the fourth-floor ‘1565’ restaurant and bar will feature signature dishes, grills and classics, as well as be home to one of the city’s largest outdoor terrace spaces. ‘Rofuto’, its 16th-floor Japanese eatery, is a concept by former Ivy head chef Des McDonald. At 137-ft in the air, Rofuto and its accompanying cocktail lounge and Sake bar ‘Kurabu’ will provide panoramic views across the city.

The hotel also boasts an executive level complete with conference and meeting spaces and a business lounge with check-in facilities. In addition, Park Regis is also home to ‘Shakina’ Urban Dry Spa, offering indulgent treatments in its state of the art therapy rooms, as well as a gym for hotel residents.

Lea Marston Hotel

Sutton Coldfield’s Lea Marston starting £2m expansion

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Lea Marston Hotel in Sutton Coldfield is about to start work on its £2 million expansion, which will see its size increase by a fifth.

The hotel, which was opened in 1991, will see its total number of rooms increase to 117 after the new 30 bedrooms have been built.

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According to a hotel statement, the expansion comes amidst an increase in demand in the area for hotel rooms and will be supplemented by Lloyds Commercial Bank with a £1.8 million.

Mark Blake, chairman of Lea Marston Hotel, said the new bedrooms would be contemporary and come with free WiFi. Blake said: “Starting the expansion of the hotel has been a milestone achievement for us and supports our vision of long-term growth.”

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‘Topping out’ ceremony for Europe’s first Park Regis in Birmingham

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A topping out ceremony has been held at Europe’s first Park Regis in Birmingham as construction work nears the end of its final phase.

During a sneak preview inside the hotel, guests were given a tour of the £50 million project and saw the scale and progress of the building ahead of its opening.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Raymond Hassell, attended the ceremony alongside West Midlands business people, booking agents, key stakeholders in the development and the media.

The 253-bedroom hotel has seen former office building Auchinleck House at Five Ways transformed into a state of the art, four-star hotel which will boast some of the best views across the city from its newly built 16th floor sky bar.

Robin Ford, General Manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “As we head towards our grand opening, we’re thrilled to be able to bring people into the building to show them the culmination of all of the work that has been going on for the last three years. This is a significant milestone in the project and today we have been able to share our excitement with our stakeholders.”