HOTEL DEVELOPERS BREAK GROUND IN CHESTER – Work has started on the New Hotel Indigo in Chester


Castlebridge Group have announced that they are on site developing a new 75-bedroom Hotel Indigo situated in the city centre of Chester. The first key milestone has been achieved with the erection of the steel super structure.

The hotel will be managed by Castlebridge Hotel Management Limited who have a successful background in managing hotels across the UK.

The food and drink offering in the hotel will be operated by MasterChef Champion Simon Wood who will open his second restaurant Wood Chester within the hotel.

Simon’s first restaurant, which is located on First Street in the city centre, brings Simon’s passion and creativity for food to life with powerful flavours alongside a touch of playfulness. It offers a stylish yet relaxed dining experience with high end food, and has received rave reviews in the Guardian and Telegraph since opening one year ago.

This exciting boutique hotel is due to open at the end of 2019. The main contractor on the project is Bowmer & Kirkland who are based in Derbyshire with a regional office in Manchester. They are also building a hotel at Birmingham Airport for Castlebridge Group and a further Hotel Indigo in Manchester City Centre.

Regional Director, Neil Brook, said: “It is a pleasure to be working again with Castlebridge and IHG on this prestigious hotel development in Chester.”


The Architects and Interior Designers who have been working on the new Hotel Indigo are Franklin Ellis, and the firm’s design team have worked hard to ensure that the hotel guestrooms have a unique boutique feel, taking inspiration from the different aspects and features that make Chester such a great place. Wood Chester will be a sophisticated and relaxed restaurant and bar that overlooks Grosvenor Park Road.

Partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, Ben Dudley, said: “It’s been a real joy to be involved in this hotel and signature restaurant project. Led by Castlebridge’s vision for the scheme, our team have been inspired to create something very special. On a personal note, it’s fascinating to work with the Chef Simon Wood and to see how his attention to every detail ensures his guests have a wonderful dining experience. I’m certain this project will be a fabulous new venue for Chester and a delightful place to stay.”

Hotel Indigo is a part of the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) portfolio. This hotel will be a part of one of the world’s leading hotel companies with a presence in almost 100 countries. Inspired by the neighbourhood around each property so, just as no places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are the same. Each Hotel Indigo property features thoughtful design touches and vibrant restaurants and bars connected to the spirit of the local neighbourhood. This particular hotel will feature rooms based around Chester’s historic architecture, racecourse and famous clock tower.

The new hotel will create 50 new staffing positions for which Castlebridge will begin recruitment from early 2019.

Wood was introduced to Castlebridge Group – which is managing the project – by national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), which brokered the deal between Castlebridge and BP Assets (Chester.  Commenting, LSH Hotels Director Hugh Anderson, said: “Chester is a strong market for hotels and the new Hotel Indigo and Wood restaurant will provide an excellent addition to the city’s hotel and dining offer.”

Castlebridge Group’s Commercial Director, Jenna Dienn, commented; ‘This is a very exciting opportunity for the group, Chester is a great city and we believe that both hotel and restaurant will trade extremely well’


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