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Hotel chain looks to snap up disused commercial properties | 7 June 2011

A Dutch hotel chain is looking for empty commercial properties to use for its expansion into the UK market.

Amsterdam-based hotel chain QBIC is aiming to establish ten hotels in the UK, with sites earmarked at London, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow, among others. With the destinations arranged, the company has made public its intentions of sourcing existing but empty commercial buildings.

QBIC, which describes itself as “cheap, chic and no frills” has said that its new chain would transform the buildings into low cost, high-quality hotels. It can manage the transformation by using its patented “all-in-one” technique, where the hotel’s fixtures and fittings can be retrofitted into an old building in just three months. By using the existing infrastructure, the whole operation costs significantly less than a new build would.

Once the chain is up and running, QBIC could look to property management software in order to assist with the running and development of its newest branches.

Paul Hanmaat, managing partner of QBIC hotels told Herald Scotland why the business has adopted the scheme. “Up to 15 per cent of all office buildings in the UK are empty and in some cities even more are empty,” he said.

“This situation is unlikely to change in the near future owing to the current economic environment.”

In addition, Hanmaat told South West Business, “Our hotel concept is an effective solution for business owners who are looking for uses for their existing empty commercial property.”

Written by David Howells on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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