A third Hilton hotel is set to be built in Leeds city centre

A THIRD Hilton hotel is set to be built in Leeds city centre as part of a scheme to regenerate the former British Gas site on Bridge Street.

Hilton has signed a franchise agreement for the 14 storey Hampton by Hilton Leeds City Centre near the Victoria gate shopping complex.

The 192 room hotel, which is expected to open in late 2019, will be part of the first phase of a new landmark regeneration project on the derelict 2.45 acre site, which is being developed by a consortium of Singapore-listed companies led by Heeton Holdings Ltd.

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Leeds City Council granted planning permission for a hotel at the site last July.

Hilton already has two hotels trading in Leeds – Hilton Leeds City and DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre.

Coun Judith Blake, Leeds City Council leader and executive member for economy and culture, said: “We’re excited to welcome Hampton by Hilton to Leeds. Both leisure and business tourism in the city are growing at a truly impressive rate, with Leeds becoming increasingly recognised as a fantastic destination.

“This confidence in Leeds has a direct impact on the economic success of the city, making a difference to everyone who lives and works here.”

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development at Hilton, said: “An important regional capital, Leeds is at the centre of the North of England’s economy and with the UK Government’s Northern Powerhouse proposals set to boost the regional economy – with investment in HS2 and local businesses – visitor numbers are set to increase considerably in the next five to 10 years.

“This is a terrific project to be a part of and a great opportunity to expand our fast growing Hampton by Hilton presence in the UK.”