Excel hotel promises jobs in Newham

By Rob Virtue on May 19, 2009 11:57 AM |

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Up to 200 full-time jobs could be heading to Docklands after plans for a new hotel at Excel received outline approval.

Newham Council's development control committee met last Wednesday to discuss the application for the 280-room hotel and voted unanimously to accept it.

The decision was made after late talks between the council and Excel, which will own the development, were successful in agreeing Section 106 contributions to the community.

The agreement will see Excel pay £120,000 towards skills training and £80,000 towards transport improvements.

Excel has also promised to use local goods and services in the development and to use a public recruitment strategy.

Custom House councillor Patricia Holland said it was imperative the community around Excel benefitted.

She said: "Recent events at the Excel have seen hotels around it full up, so this development should be welcomed.

"However, quite a few people in the area are upset they can't get good jobs and we need to ensure a fair share of them can work on this project."

Cllr Holland also called for the financial contributions to improve links between Custom House and the Excel centre.

The outline designs by architects Jestico and Whiles for the hotel, which is to be built to the east of the exhibition centre, show an 11-storey curved building which council officer Stefan Sanctuary praised as being in "welcome contrast" to the rectangular shaped entertainment centre.

Mr Sanctuary added: "This is consistent with the other regeneration of the Royal Docks."

Plans for the hotel include a restaurant and a health centre, along with a piazza linking it to the Excel centre and Prince Regent DLR station.

1 Comments

RK said:

I am pleased to hear that the Excel exhibition centre is going from strength to strength.

However, Cllr Pat Holland has slipped on banana skin!

She and her fellow councillors have been too busy supporting expansion at London City Airport. In a press release Newham Council said the airport would create a further 1000 jobs after they won expansion. If the airport is such a major provider for jobs as they claim, then why is Cllr Pat Holland complaining about lack of jobs for local people???

Perhaps, local people don't know the facts. That London City Airport itself only employs 109 residents from Newham (2007).

Residents have to suffer so much noise and air pollution, just for the sake 109 low-paid jobs?. Is this a price worth paying?

Further examples of the failed regeration is the 252,000 sq feet waterfront office complex - namely Building 1000 - which stood empty for 5 years failing to attract a corporate tenant to move in!. Who wants a building overlooking a smelly noisy runway?. Yet despite seeing this, this Cllr did nothing to oppose further expansion at the airport. She has let the area down.

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