SUNDERLAND’S new Hilton Hotel moved a step closer, as a ground-breaking ceremony took place.
The ceremony marked the start of work on the development, with the 141-bed hotel set to open in the spring of 2016 in Stadium Park, just yards from the Stadium of Light.
The construction period will create up to 180 jobs, along with a boost to employment within the supply chain.
Once completed, the hotel, part of the world-famous Hilton group, will boast a feature bar and destination restaurant, meeting spaces and private dining areas, and create work for more than 100 full and part-time staff.
Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “It’s great to see this project get started, it is a fantastic development for Sunderland.
“The city welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, to a wide range of major events.
“New, high-quality hotel provision like this will hopefully encourage more of those visitors to stay in Sunderland, providing an additional boost to the local economy.”
The hotel is being built by North East-based Tolent Construction Limited.
Chairman, John Wood said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work on this very prestigious development, which will add to the ever increasing profile of Sunderland and the region.
“Our own locally-based workforce will be employed on the project and, wherever possible, we will resource local suppliers and subcontractors to ensure that we reinvest in the local economy.”