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  • 4-star Mercure hotel in Khimki, Moscow region

    Daniel Fountain
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    Mebe Development has recently announced that architectural practice, John McAslan + Partners (UK), and Kitzig Interior Design Architecture Group (Germany) have been appointed to design the 4-star 232 room elegant Mercure hotel in Khimki, near Sheremetyevo International Airport.Located on Leningradskoye Shosse, the new $50 million hotel will offer excellent transport links to Moscow city centre. Construction is slated to start in early 2014 and due to open in the first quarter of 2016.

    The 14,000 sqm hotel will include a fitness area with swimming pool, restaurants, conference and function halls, as well as parking. Kitzig Interior Design Architecture Group will design contemporary interiors specifically tailored to the requirements of the 21st-century traveller. Managed by international hotel operator Accor, the world ‘s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, the Khimki hotel will be the third Mercure hotel in the Moscow region.

    Alexis Delaroff, Accor Chief Operating Officer for Russia, CIS and Georgia, said: “Accor would like to thank Mebe Development and its President Mustafa Bilek for the confidence given. We are sure that under our management the Mercure hotel will take a leading position in the Moscow hotel market. We will use our long experience, the strong professionalism and experience of our teams, and the good location of the Mercure hotel to create a successful project.”

    Mebe Development, the developer of the project. is part of Mebe Group, which has been operating in the Russian real estate market since 1995 and has delivered over 1 million sqm of residential and commercial real estate properties in many Russian regions over this time. The hotel will become the Group’s second development project in the commercial real estate segment, along with the A-class LEED ‘Gold’ certified sustainable office building Mebe One Khimki Plaza located nearby, also designed by John McAslan +Partners. The new hotel will achieve the same sustainability standards as Mebe One Khimki Plaza which is designed to international specifications and has established new standards for energy-efficient design in Russia.

    Mustafa Bilek, President of Mebe Group, said, “This project, along with Mebe One Khimki Plaza, will raise the quality of commercial building construction in Russia to a new level. No less than six international hotel chains expressed an interest in the development and particularly in Mebe’s sustainable aspiration for the project. It is our intention that the hotel’s recreational and business facilities will be of significant benefit not only to guests, but also the tenants of Mebe One Khimki Plaza, as well as local residents.

    Aidan Potter, Project Director for both the Mercure Hotel and Mebe One Khimki Plaza, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity of designing this new hotel, which it is intended will complement the restrained elegance of its neighbour: these two structures will create a distinctive civic presence on Leningradskoye Shosse.”

    Daniel Fountain / 31.12.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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