Work has begun on a new four-star hotel in Milton Keynes, which is set to feature a 14th floor sky bar and restaurant.

Located in the town centre on Marlborough Gate, the 261-room Hotel La Tour will also offer 1,200 sqm of conference and meetings space.

A panoramic lift will take guests to the 43-metre-high top floor, and designs features include a 30-metre diameter stainless steel circle on the exterior of the building, which “will be illuminated with a bespoke projected LED installation at night to form both a focal point on Midsummer Boulevard and a gateway sign to the city centre”.

There will also be a large sculpture called Cycloidal Form by artist Keith McCarter next to the hotel’s entrance, “where a canopy structure extends to the ‘drop-off’ point, emulating the city-wide port-cocheres”.

Contractor Winvic Construction Ltd said that practical completion of the project is expected in 2022.

Commenting on the news Will Elsigood, associate architect at pHp, said:

“It’s not every day you get to work on a building located at the highest point of a city, so the hotel’s visibility from surrounding areas and its ability to provide panoramic views for residents, conference users and the public were key in the design. An extensive stakeholder consultation process has resulted in many exciting practical and aesthetically striking design features.”

Last month Premier Inn announced that it had been granted planning permission for a four-storey new-build property at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes.

The hotel will overlook the lake and will feature 120 rooms, as well as Whitbread’s Cookhouse and Pub restaurant concept, with a “light and bright glass frontage” and outside seating.

Premier Inn to open new-build Willen Lake property in Milton Keynes