Uptick in travelers to Edinburgh leads to new Hampton airport hotel

A deal to bring a new £15-million Hampton hotel development to Edinburgh Airport by next year has been secured after a record-breaking summer for passengers in 2015. National planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners originally thwarted the deal in November even after a reported surge in traveler numbers at the airport in 2014, according to Scottish Construction Now.

The new 175-room Hampton by Hilton will be located on Almond Avenue, close to the airport terminal.

John Watson, chief commercial officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: “The Hampton by Hilton build is part of our ongoing expansion plans which include the much needed provision of more on-airport accommodation space and we are delighted to have worked with great partners and advisors to complete this deal.”

Glasgow based Weightmans (Scotland) LLP provided real estate assistance to the land owner Edinburgh Airport Limited and negotiated and completed the development agreement as well as the ground lease for this deal.

Bryan Finlayson, partner and real estate expert at Weightmans, said: “It’s great to see Edinburgh Airport secure such a significant development, which will boost tourism in Scotland, provide much needed accommodation close to the airport and increase passenger choice. Substantial effort has been put into completing this deal and the development is a great result for Edinburgh Airport.”