Published: 16:19, 10 December 2018
| Updated: 16:50, 10 December 2018
A global hotel giant has been confirmed for Folkestone’s former Silver Springs site, as part of a £10 million regeneration project.
A Hampton by Hilton hotel, trademarked by Hilton Worldwide and known for moderately priced accommodation, has been signed alongside a Costa Coffee and KFC.
The brands were unveiled this week in the latest chapter of the £10 million Folkestone Gateway development, expected to measure across 3.8 hectares.
Based at the abandoned soft-drink factory site, the hotel will also feature a 180 car parking spaces.
Both Costa and KFC will feature a drive-thru and the first phase of development, due to start early next year, will create more than 200 jobs.
Property tycoon Adrian Kirby’s Ravensbourne Investments Ltd believes further waves of development will generate up to 500 jobs.
Phase two would see a cash injection of £20-£30 million to build office units and other buildings on the rest of the abandoned brown field site.
Hampton by Hilton, which runs more than 2,000 hotels in America and 20 other countries, will be in direct competition with BestWestern and Britannia Hotels.
Ravensbourne Investments Ltd’s planning statement adds: “The Grand Burstin is owned by Britannia Hotels, a British hotel group represented by 54 hotels across the country.
“Having not undergone any recent refurbishment works, the three-star-property appears in a poor state.
“The combination of the location near to the Channel Tunnel and the M20, and the wider opportunities in Folkestone and surrounding areas represent a significant opportunity for a quality branded hotel in the area.”