Dalata Hotel Group is to lease two new hotels to be built in the UK.

A new 250-room Clayton Hotel is planned for Bristol, and a 330-room Maldron Hotel for Birmingham.

The Irish hotel group now has more than 1,700 rooms in its UK development pipeline on top of the 1,968 rooms that it already owns or leases.

The four-star Clayton hotel will be a conversion of the listed facade and the existing Natwest Court office building on Broad Street in the centre of Bristol

It is expected to open in the third quarter of 2020 subject to planning approval.

The four-star Maldron hotel is also subject to planning permission and is due to open in the first three months of 2021 adjacent to the Mailbox shopping centre in central Birmingham.

Dalata will commence operations in both hotels through 35 year operating leases.

The company already operates seven Clayton hotels in the UK, with two in London, Cardiff, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Manchester airport. Two new Clayton hotels are also planned for Manchester and Glasgow.

Dalata operates Maldron hotels in Londonderry, Belfast and Belfast airport with a further property under construction in Newcastle and another one planned for Glasgow.

Dalata also operates 12 Clayton and 12 Maldron hotels in Ireland.

Deputy CEO Dermot Crowley said: “We are delighted to secure agreements to lease these two very exciting new hotels in the heart of Bristol and Birmingham.

“Both cities possess very strong hotel markets and these two projects demonstrate our ability to grow a very attractive development pipeline of hotels in the UK.”