Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with London-based strategic developers Urban&Civic to bring Hampton by Hilton to Stansted Airport.

Urban&Civic has secured planning permission to build a new 357-bed hotel next to the terminal of London Stansted Airport, the UK’s fourth largest airport. It follows a deal to acquire a two-acre site from Stansted’s owner, Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

The new hotel is part of MAG’s £260m investment plan to attract more passengers, airlines and long-haul services to the rapidly growing Stansted Airport.

Work on the hotel is due to start by the end of the year and it is set to open in summer 2017. It will be the largest Hampton by Hilton in Europe and will offer direct terminal access.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president Hilton Worldwide, said, “The introduction of Hampton by Hilton to London Stansted Airport is consistent with our strategy of developing focused service properties sufficiently close to the airport that guests can access the terminal without a shuttle bus. This strategy has proven successful for our hotels in a number of locations, including properties at airports in Gatwick, Exeter and Liverpool, and is integral to our developments in Bristol airport and here in Stansted. With more scheduled European destinations than any other UK airport, Stansted is an ideal location at which to develop our economy brand.”

Hampton by Hilton Stansted Airport will join the Hilton, Radisson Blu, Holiday Inn and Premier Inn hotels already operating at Stansted.