An official ‘Ground Breaking Ceremony’ took place at Terminal 4 recently for two new hotels which will become the largest hotel development at the airport. The new sites, courtesy of the Arora Group, will help serve an ever growing airport as Heathrow’s expansion takes hold.

The event, attended by legendary British entertainer Sir Cliff Richard, key stakeholders from the Arora Group, their project partners Whitebridge Hospitality, LJ Partnership, and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), as well as executives from Heathrow Airport Ltd, marked the beginning of Arora Group’s construction of the new dual-brand Crowne Plaza® London – Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express® London – Heathrow Terminal 4, which will take Arora Group’s hotel portfolio to 9 hotels in the UK. The new hotels are being built by Grove Developments, the construction division of the Arora Group, and will operate under a franchise agreement with IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) managed by Arora Hotels, a division of the Arora Group.

Surinder Arora, Arora Group’s founder and chairman, said at the ceremony: “I am delighted to be here today to mark the official commencement of construction of our two new hotels, which will expand the footprint of the Arora Group at London Heathrow Airport from 1,434 bedrooms to 2,184 across five hotels.

“After the successful launch of the InterContinental London – The O2, this dual-brand development presents us with another exciting opportunity to work in partnership with IHG to bring not one, but two, new hotels to London, and working in collaboration with LJ Partnership and Heathrow Airport Limited we’re looking forward to developing these two best-in-class hotels for our business and leisure guests and creating up to 350 new jobs for the local community.”

For a video report on the event, click here