Boutique aparthotel brand, Locke, is to expand into the city of Cambridge after acquiring a site part of the University of Cambridge’s development of Eddington.
Edyn, the company behind Locke, is to develop what will become its 11th property in Europe, with the 180-room aparthotel scheduled to open in summer 2021.
The news follows the announcement that Locke is to open its second property in London in Broken Wharf next month and once open will be the brand’s fifth in the UK.
The Cambridge site will be housed in a 18,814 sqm development, and has been designed by architects dRMM. Alongside its 180-rooms, the new aparthotel will also comprise a restaurant, cocktail bar, coffee shop, retail space, co-working space, meeting rooms and an event space.
The site is part of the first phase of the University of Cambridge’s development of Eddington, will include 3,000 new residential units, retail facilities, a doctor’s surgery, community and performance arts centre, sports pitches, parklands, a school and student accommodation, as well as academic and research facilities.
Stephen McCall, CEO of edyn, said: “We will position Locke in the centre of that ecosystem of commerce, learning, innovation and community. We are excited to be investing in this important destination, one of the biggest centres for knowledge in the world.”
Furthermore, also in the Eddington development, and co-habiting with Locke, edyn has entered into an agreement to develop and operate the first Hyatt Centric Hotel in the UK.
The 150-room Hyatt Centric Cambridge is expected to open in 2021.
Cambridge is the latest addition to the Locke pipeline and follows the forward purchase of a hotel development project in Munich in December, which is due to complete and open in the autumn this year.
Munich will be edyn’s largest Locke to date, standing at 360 keys as well as five food and beverage outlets.
Eric Jafari, chief development officer and creative sirector at edyn, said: “Our recent acquisitions in Cambridge and Munich are aligned with our plans for expansion of the Locke brand across the UK and Europe. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we receive strong demand for our pioneering approach to hospitality.”
Locke at Broken Wharf will also set the stage for two more London openings this year, in Bermondsey and Dalston.
International projects include properties in Dublin, Munich, Berlin, Lisbon and Copenhagen.
After the launch of Leman Locke in 2016, Eden Locke in Edinburgh opened in 2017 and Whitworth Locke in Manchester in 2018.