Stockton’s new Hampton by Hilton hotel has been officially opened by the town’s mayor and the ‘Teesside Tornado’.
Councillor Eileen Johnson was on hand to unveil a plaque in the hotel’s reception area this week.
She was joined in the unveiling by councillor Paul Kirton, the hotel’s manager John Lambourne-Richardson and world champion sprinter, Richard Kilty.
The 128-bed, five-storey hotel built by Bowmer & Kirkland is owned by the Council and opened to guests last month.
“It gives me great pride to officially open this high quality hotel from a famous global brand,” said the mayor.
“I’m sure it will be a huge asset to the borough and in particular, the business community, who have been saying for years that there isn’t enough hotel provision for business travellers here. I wish it every success.”
Councillor Nigel Cooke, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, added: “The hotel could not have opened at a better time.
“We’ve got a thriving International Study Centre with hundreds of overseas students, an events programme featuring the likes of Stockton Calling that pulls in people from all over the country and next year, we’ll have a restored 3,000 capacity Globe theatre too.
“That’s in addition to the obvious demand from businesses in the area, and the demand brought by the Hilton Honors club and its 60 million worldwide members.”
The hotel site forms part of the mixed-use Northshore regeneration scheme, incorporating new offices, homes and leisure facilities near Stockton town centre.
The 56-acre, £300m scheme is a partnership between Muse Developments, Homes England and Stockton Council.
Simon Dew, senior development surveyor at Muse Developments, said: “The Hampton by Hilton hotel is a key milestone in the Northshore regeneration programme and the renaissance of the town centre.
“This major investment complements the wider scheme, along with the Council’s progressive vision to rejuvenate the town centre and surrounding areas.
“Stockton is a town with real vibrancy and we look forward to continuing momentum at Northshore in 2019.”