First bedrooms are slotted in place at Hull's new Hilton Doubletree hotel in Ferensway

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Jun 2017

The first ready-made bedroom has been fitted into a city centre hotel using a crane.

The Hilton Doubletree in Ferensway is over halfway complete, with today's installation seeing the most important feature being built.

The bedrooms have already been assembled into ready-built pods, meaning a crane simply lifts them up and slots them into place like a jigsaw puzzle.

The first bedroom was put in place at 7am, with further bedrooms being fitted throughout the morning. The firm are not allowed to deliver the pods anytime between 4.30am to 6.30am or 7.30am and 9.30am.

The next lorry will be arriving at 10am today.

The first bedroom pod has arrived via lorry at Hilton Doubletree Hull

There will be ten bedrooms per day installed for the next two weeks, with cranes and lorries being used to transport and move them, as well as site workers being on an elevated working station.

The pods have been on a five-week journey from the factory in Shenzen Yen Tien, China, where they have then been transported to the site via lorry. The first pod arrived at the Hull site at 7pm last night, ready for this morning's installation.

The pods are being moved out of rush-hour times, but it is hoped traffic disruptions around Spring Bank and Ferensway will be avoided due to vehicle escorts.

With a 14-month construction period the eagerly awaited hotel, which will boast 165 bedrooms, a rooftop bar and a 1,000 sqm ballroom for events and conferences, is due for completion in November this year.

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