New InterContinental hotel starts construction in Greenwich

Construction has started on a new five-star hotel that will be built in Greenwich, as part of a £121 million development project.

The 19-storey tower will feature 452 bedrooms, the largest pillar-free ballroom in Europe, a health spa, restaurants, 4,800 sq m of conference space and a Sky Bar, which offers visitors stunning views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf. The hotel will be managed by Arora Hotels and will be the third site in London under the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) brand.

Project leaders hope that this new hotel will not only complement tourism near the O2 Arena, but it will create a wide array of hospitality jobs for the local area.

Robert Shepherd, chief development officer for IHG in Europe, said: "We’re delighted to be breaking ground today on another InterContinental hotel for London. We look forward to InterContinental London The O2 sharing in the future success of its sister hotels, including the recently opened InterContinental London Westminster and InterContinental Marseilles Hotel Dieu."

The hotel will be part of a 7.6-acre development, which will see over 10,000 new homes and a 23-storey tower of 100 serviced apartments. The project is being financially backed by the Queensgate Investment Fund.

Surinder Arora of Arora Hotels added: "The hotel…will complement The O2 and soon become established as one of the world’s pre-eminent venues, enabling the UK to compete with other destinations to attract conferences, meetings and events to our shores and to this increasingly strategically important part of London."

The hotel is scheduled to open to the public in summer 2015. It will only take two years for the site to be built because individual modules will be built off-site, while all aspects of the hotel will be to high-sustainability standards.

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