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London

New Kid on the Bloc

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels has signed Bloc Hotels at Gatwick Airport South Terminal


London, 17th August 2012Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels announces the successful signing of Bloc Hotels at the South Terminal, Gatwick Airport on behalf of Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL).

GIP acquired Gatwick Airport in December 2009, which is the second largest airport in the UK and busiest single runway airport in the world.  GAL is currently undertaking over £1 Billion of improvement works to the airport.
 
Will Duffey, Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels said “The opportunity received interest from a number of investors and hotel operators across the globe wanting to gain representation at Gatwick Airport. This is a great opportunity for Bloc hotels to increase their exposure to the UK market and grow their brand.”

Bloc hotels will redevelop the existing office building on top of the South Terminal into a 245 bedroom hotel with direct access to the South Terminal. Planning permission has already been obtained and redevelopment of the building will commence shortly with an expected opening in Autumn 2013.

Bloc hotels are a boutique budget hotel operator and looking to build on this their second acquisition.  Their first hotel opened in Birmingham was named the best business travel hotel by discount specialist LateRooms.com in 2012.