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St.George's Park hotel topping out celebrated

Wed 30th Nov 2011 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

The Football Association, Hilton Worldwide and construction company Bowmer & Kirkland today celebrated the topping out of the Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels at St. George’s Park – the landmark new national football centre located near Burton Upon Trent.  The event signals the conclusion of the exterior construction of St George’s Park which is expected to open in summer 2012.

Senior executives from Hilton Worldwide, alongside representatives from The FA and the world of football, celebrated the topping out by placing a commemorative engraved stone on the roof of the new Hilton St. George’s Park which will operate alongside the Hampton by Hilton St. George’s Park.

David Sheepshanks, Chairman of St. George’s Park, said, “With St. George's Park due to open in less than a year, we are within sight of the finishing line and the many benefits that this national training, coach education and sports medicine centre will bring both to football and hopefully to the wider sporting community. We are very excited by the new Hilton and Hampton by Hilton Hotels on site, which are accessible to all and will make the park a special destination of choice for so many.”

St. George’s Park will feature a full-service and upscale Hilton hotel with 142 bedrooms, as well as an economy 86-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel. Hilton St.George’s Park will offer conference and banqueting space of more than 1,400 square feet and house a lecture theatre and flexible seminar rooms including a library.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development for Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, “We are delighted to be part of this new centre of national sporting excellence and look forward to welcoming guests to our new Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels.  In 2012, we expect a number of landmark hotels to join our UK portfolio and this unique addition builds on our increasing sporting associations in the UK – with our new Hilton Wembley also due to open next summer.”

Hilton and Hampton by Hilton St. George’s Park form part of a £100mllion investment led by The FA, across a 330-acre site in the heart of the National Forest. St. George’s Park builds on Hilton Worldwide’s presence at U.K. sporting grounds, with Doubletree by Hilton Milton Keynes housed in the MK Dons stadium and Hilton Wembley also due to open adjacent to Wembley Stadium next year.

Paul Lomas, Construction Director, Bowmer & Kirkland, said, “We are delighted to celebrate the topping out of the hotels with the whole project on schedule to complete on time next year. Currently over 450 people are employed on site delivering what will be a world class facility.”

The hotels will be available for use by leisure guests either using the park’s facilities or visiting the area’s local attractions; corporate guests visiting the hotels on business and for events; those recuperating from medical care in the Spire run medical facility; local residents utilising the hotel food and beverage options; and sporting related organisations using the sporting facilities including the England senior football teams.   

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