Eddington aparthotel Turing Locke and 150-room Hyatt Centric hotel to open in September
Turing Locke, a new ‘lifestyle aparthotel’ on the University of Cambridge’s Eddington development, will open in September, the Cambridge Independent can reveal.
Named after computer scientist Alan Turing, it will feature 180 apartments, a seasonal rooftop terrace, an open courtyard, all-day restaurant, cocktail bar, coffee shop, retail space, co-working area, workout studio and meeting rooms.
The facilities will also be available for use by residents and visitors to Eddington.
Aimed at long-staying guests, such as visiting academics, the aparthotel will be built within the same building as the 150-bedroom Hyatt Centric hotel, which will open at the same time.
The Locke brand is owned by hospitality group edyn, and will also manage the Hyatt franchise.
Stephen McCall, CEO of edyn, said: “Eddington will become a thriving destination which will compliment Cambridge’s rich and diverse community with its tradition of curiosity and discovery. We are thrilled to bring Locke to the centre of this established ecosystem of commerce, learning, innovation, and community, and to contribute to one the biggest centres for knowledge in the world.”
The aparthotel has been designed by Sterling Prize-winning architects dRMM and its interiors - including one and two-bedroom suites up to 74 sq m - have been created by design studio AvroKO. They will feature fully-fitted kitchens and laundry facilities.
The developers describe the aparthotel’s design as “a seamless combination of the traditional and avant-garde, blending mid-century design choices with modernist flares”.
Meanwhile, Chicago-headquartered Hyatt says it will provide bicycles for guests at its hotel, which will be the first under the Hyatt Centric brand in the UK. There are 10 other Hyatt hotels in the country.
Guido Fredrich, Hyatt’s regional vice president of development for Europe, said: “We are looking forward to working with edyn to debut Hyatt’s fastest growing lifestyle brand in one of the country’s top-performing hotel markets and connecting our guests to the heart of the action when in Cambridge.”
Contractor Gilbert-Ash implemented safety measures to enable work on the four-storey building to continue during the pandemic.
Brian Nearney, director at Eddington, said: “We are excited to see the Eddington hotel nearing completion. As well as providing visitors with beautiful rooms to stay in, the hotel will offer our existing community with even more fantastic facilities to enjoy at Eddington.
“With a rooftop terrace, coffee bar, co-working space and beautiful central garden, the Eddington hotel is going to quickly become a social hub for Eddington and beyond.”
Eddington and the wider mixed-use North West Cambridge development in which it sits, will eventually be home to 3,000 homes - half for university and college staff and half for sale. Accommodation for 2,000 postgraduates is planned, along with academic and research facilities, alongside its retail and community buildings.
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