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East Midlands Airport hotel construction gets under way

Construction work has begun on a new £22m four-star hotel near East Midlands Airport.

It will create 150 jobs and is scheduled to open by summer 2011.

The design will include references to the nearby National Forest with timber features as well as an aviation-inspired canopy.

Developers hope it will be one of the region's greenest hotels, using several sustainable construction techniques to deliver an 87% reduction in CO2.

The Azure Property Group will operate the hotel.

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