Nobu Shoreditch to open in Spring

Nobu Hotels' first European hotel, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, is to open in Spring 2017. In keeping with the Nobu brand, the hotel's design reflects the city of origin as well as Nobu Hospitality’s signature east-meets-west philosophy, drawing on the vibrant cultural and industrial context of Shoreditch. Nobu Shoreditch's five stories are fractured into angular, fair-faced concrete balconies which combined with cantilevered corten steel beams, form a seemingly frayed edge to the northern façade. Six protruding slab edges penetrate the glazing and accentuate the horizontality of the volume. An intimate landscaped garden at the site’s eastern edge is articulated into terraces, seating and planting, and provides natural light and access to the generous lower triple height restaurant and bar space. The 143-room hotel is serviced by a 240 seat restaurant, Nobu Shoreditch restaurant, which has private dining space for up to 24 people. It also has 180 sqm of meeting space that can be divided into six rooms and an outdoor courtyard with two terraces for up to 85 people.

RBH expands hotel count in Edinburgh

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre has joined the Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) portfolio. The Georgian style property, which is located within the heart of Edinburgh, will bring the number of open hotels managed by the company to 43. It joins three other RBH-managed properties in Edinburgh, including the recently refurbished Princes Street Suites, the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh and DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh. John Stuart, RBH’s chief operating officer, said: "This is an exciting addition for RBH and another fantastic addition to our portfolio. Edinburgh continues to be a key market that we know well, and the hotel will join our other three city based properties in providing guests with great service and access to all of the fantastic attractions that Edinburgh has to offer."

Putting on the Ritz at Chinese golf resort

Ritz-Carlton has teed off 2017 with the opening of its first golf resort in China. The Ritz-Carlton Haikou is on Hainan Island in the golf resort of Mission Hills, which boasts ten 18-hole championship courses. The 175-room, 16-suite hotel features 3,500 sqm of conference space, including a 1,350 sqm grand ballroom, two 275 sqm junior ballrooms, seven meeting rooms and a boardroom. Ritz-Carlton president Hervé Humler said: “We have created one of the most immersive golf and leisure travel experiences anywhere in the world. The island is rich in culture and off-the-beaten track experiences that reflects a China many have not seen.”

GCU to showcase new £32m conference space

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will celebrate the completion of its new conference and event facilities – a showcase space in the university’s £32 million campus transformation – at a launch event this Thursday 19 January. Booking agents, potential clients and industry representatives are invited to view the facilities, in the Hamish Wood building, which include a state-of-the-art conference hall, statement glass entrance pavilion and a suite of seminar rooms and break-out spaces. Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Julie Duncan, GCU head of conference and events, will highlight the distinctive facilities, available for a variety of events from conferences and banqueting functions to exhibitions and seminars. Duncan said: "We’re really excited about the opportunities our new conference facilities will bring to our campus. The new conference hall is a stunning flexible space with retractable theatre-style seating, which can accommodate 500 people. It offers clients the option of a tiered lecture theatre or a large open space for a more informal or social gathering, such as a private dinner, while the glass ceiling floods the room with natural daylight." The technically challenging project, carried out in four phases, involved the removal of existing cladding panels and the remodelling and refurbishment of occupied concrete framed buildings. It also included high quality and extensive public realm work and new soft landscaping.

Royal College of Physicians attains ISO 14001

The Royal College of Physicians has achieved the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001 Accreditation, an initiative that seeks to recognise the highest environmental responsibility standards. To achieve the accreditation the RCP undertook a number of initiatives to improve its facilities, which included new energy efficient LED lighting in the offices and communal areas, the installation of energy efficient boilers and the introduction of recycling bins in the office. Alongside this, the RCP refurbished all its washrooms across the venue, installing new energy efficient hand dryers and lighting systems as well as water saving taps in the process.

New Travelodge in Norfolk - and more to come

Kings Lynn Travelodge, the company’s 544th hotel, has opened in Norfolk. Travelodge’s second and largest hotel in Kings Lynn, the 68-room hotel is situated at Hardwick Business Retail Park, represents an investment of £5 million for the landlord and has created 15 new jobs within the local community. Norfolk’s eighth Travelodge hotel has been designed in the company’s new contemporary brand design and features the new upgraded room concept and bespoke king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed. At the opening event, Travelodge also announced that to meet growing consumer demand in Norfolk it is looking for new hotel sites in Wisbech and Cromer.

East Grinstead hotel undergoing £3m rebrand

The Felbridge Hotel and Spa in East Grinstead is undergoing a top-to-toe upgrade as it rebrands as the Crowne Plaza Felbridge. Scheduled for completion in early April, the £3 million refurbishment will transform all the hotel’s public areas, restaurant, meeting rooms, banqueting suites and 116 bedrooms and suites. The Chakra Spa with its five treatment rooms, gym, indoor pool and steam room is also receiving a facelift. The hotel’s eight meeting rooms offer flexible space for up to 500 theatre style or 300 for a seated dinner. Delegates staying overnight in the Club Rooms also have complimentary use of the new private Club Lounge.

Dubai 'icon' nears April opening

The anticipated opening of The Address Boulevard Dubai, a luxurious city lifestyle resort, is set to take place in April 2017. The new-build resort will occupy the second-tallest building in Downtown Dubai and comprise 196 guestrooms, 533 serviced apartments and leisure facilities such as a spa, cascading swimming pool and the sky-high Roof Top restaurant. The Address Boulevard Dubai is already being hailed as an icon for the city, standing at 368 metres and with a 72-storey curvilinear tower. It will be the 36th tallest structure in the world and Dubai's second tallest building after the Burj Khalifa. Pascal Dupuis, general manager of The Address Boulevard Dubai, said: "The Address Boulevard Dubai and The Address Residences Boulevard Dubai bring an unbeatable value proposition with its architectural brilliance, spectacular location and superior service standards. With the new property, we are bringing to life the impressive aesthetics of classic architecture in an urban resort that offers great connectivity to all key attractions in Dubai. The Address Boulevard Dubai will be as much a family destination as a choice for business travellers."

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