One of the UK’s leading housebuilders and construction groups, Galliford Try has scooped a £12m contract to build a hotel at the Emirates Old Trafford Ground. The project will be the final instalment in a string of redevelopment projects at the iconic cricket ground.
Following plans submitted last year, Galliford Try’s North West Business will complete a major overhaul of the site, replacing its existing hotel, Old Trafford Lodge, with a 150-bedroom, four star design to be branded Hilton Garden Inn. Engineered so as to mirror The Point, the ground’s existing hospitality venue adjacent, the new hotel has been designed to offer fans an enhanced experience at the ground. It will feature floor to ceiling glazing in field-facing rooms, terraces and balconies for pitch-facing suites, and a glazed walkway linking the hotel with the pavilion.
Alongside provided 82 further accommodation suites, the five storey building will house a restaurant, café, bar and fitness centre as well as a ticket office and club shop on the ground floor.
The Hilton Garden Inn development will be funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Trafford Council and the Lancashire Country Cricket Club (LCCC). GMCA has provided a loan of £5m, Trafford Council – £4m, and £3 from LCCC. It will be operated by LCCC under the franchise and is expected to create 76 new jobs.
LCCC has hosted some of the most high profile ties in cricket, and will hold two of England’s test matches against Pakistan later this year.
The contract award follows Galliford Try’s high profile development at the Old Trafford football ground last year. The company was the main contractor on the £24m, 133-bed Hotel Football in Greater Manchester. The hotel is owned by former Manchester United top-scorers, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Phillip Neville and features nostalgic football references throughout.