Fladgate’s hotels and leisure team is delighted to have advised one of the world’s leading modular building providers, CIMC Modular Building Systems (CIMC), on its first full development projects in the UK, the recently opened 201 room Hampton by Hilton hotel at Bristol airport. The project completed just one day after the opening of the 155 room Hampton by Hilton at Aberdeen airport for which CIMC also supplied the bedroom modules and on which Fladgate also advised.
Both hotels were constructed using an innovative modular construction technique. The steel modular units which were used as building blocks for the hotels were each 100% internally completed in CIMC’s factory in China, including glazing, decoration, furniture and fittings, before being shipped to the UK and assembled on site.
The Aberdeen project was the first Hilton hotel to be opened using this modular construction technique, with the Bristol airport hotel marking the 50th Hampton by Hilton to open in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Fladgate’s head of construction, Alan Woolston commented:
“We are proud to have advised CIMC as UK legal counsel throughout the growth of its modular hotel business in the EMEA region for many years and are delighted to have been involved in these innovative projects for Hilton. Having advised the company from the early stages of its emergence into the hotel sector, through acquisition by a major Chinese corporation and continuing as part of its business expansion of an impressive portfolio of projects, CIMC is an example of our ability to advise from the beginnings of an entrepreneurial business to a truly global operation. In close collaboration, we have harnessed our expertise in cutting edge legal advice, developing legal principles to suit new and emerging construction methods whilst also providing wider corporate support to this growing business.”