Plans for a 583-bedroom hotel close to Heathrow Airport have been given the green ahead by the London Borough of Hounslow.
The plans were submitted by Squared Circle Developments after the company acquired the site from airline caterer, Gate Gourmet, in December 2009.
Situated opposite Hatton Cross tube station on the junction of the A30 and Faggs Road, the six-storey hotel, which incorporates 131 car parking spaces, is to be designed by Michael Drain Architects.
Martin Drage, director of letting agent, Mason Drage Limited, said: "This decision provides a massive boost to hotel capacity at Heathrow in a micro-location under-supplied with hotels. We have already experienced strong levels of interest from budget and mid-market operators who are attracted by the high connectivity of the site and the grant of consent will allow discussions with operators to progress rapidly."
Subject to negotiations with operators, the new hotel could be ready within 18-months. Demolition of the former catering centre has already begun.
By Janet Harmer
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