Hilton Hotels and Resorts officially opened a seven-storey hotel near Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London on 31 August 2011. The hotel is spread over 13 acres of landscaped area. It is operated by Hilton Hotels and Resorts.
Construction of the hotel began in May 2009 and took more than two years to complete. The hotel group has invested £43m on the project. The hotel offers 350 guest rooms, three suites, conference facilities, a gym and a swimming pool.
Design of the seven storey Hilton hotel
The hotel was designed by EPR Architects and Tonik Design. The design included a six storey internal atrium, conference and leisure space and deliberate space for dining areas.
Buchan Concrete Solutions was awarded a contract to design, manufacture and erect a precast form for the hotel.
Hybrid design solutions were used in the traditional precast reinforced concrete and deep panel beams in order to provide a spacious ground floor level.
A total of 236 external and 432 internal wall panels, 761 floor panels, landings and flights were used.
Waldeck worked in association with Buchan to provide structural engineering for the precast elements.
Construction of the hotel near Heathrow Airport
The construction contract for Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 hotel was awarded to John Sisk & Son in 2009. Sisk carried out the construction using acoustic engineering technology, as the height of cranes that could be used for construction near the airport was restricted.
Accommodation, suites and rooms
The accommodation facilities at the hotel include 350 guest rooms and three suites. The guest rooms are categorised into deluxe and executive, accessible rooms and suites. The ground floor of the hotel has two executive board rooms, five syndicate rooms and a bar.
The size of the bedrooms is 28m². The three suites named Saffron, Tamarind and Wasabi are facilitated with a separate lounge area and media hub.
The amenities include a 37-inch LCD TV, informal seating area, stylish bathrooms, king-sized bed, smoking rooms and wired and wireless internet access.
Meeting and conference facilities
The hotel has 15 meeting rooms which include 11 flexible conference rooms, two board rooms and reception areas. The largest meeting room is 8,867m² in area and can accommodate up to 1,170 people.
The Grand Ballroom has the largest event space which can accommodate up to 800 guests for weddings.
The hotel also has a 350m² pre-event space and an onsite business centre. All the meeting rooms are facilitated with sophisticated audio visual equipments.
The Imagine is a luxury spa located at the heart of the hotel. It is facilitated with ten treatment rooms and offers variety of treatments and massages.
Dining facilities of the 13 acre construction
The hotel has two restaurants, one café and two bars. Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen provides a variety of Indian cuisines. The restaurant has a seating capacity for 60 people and runs under the famous chef Cyrus Todiwala. It remains open on all weekdays.
The Gallery is the main restaurant of the hotel. It has seating capacity for 190 people. It provides traditional British cuisines and remains open on all weekdays.
The River bar and the Gallery bar provide a variety of drinks and spirits with light snacks. The hotel also has Musetti’s Coffee Shop and round-the-clock in-room dining service.
Other facilities of the Heathrow Airport Hilton hotel
The hotel has a swimming pool, sauna steam room and a fitness centre equipped with weight machines, treadmills and cross trainers.
The hotel is facilitated with 450 parking spaces.
Brand vision for Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hilton Hotels is a full-service hotel brand that stands for stylish hospitality. It has more than 530 hotels and resorts located in 76 countries across six continents.