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Bid to turn off icers mess into hotel

CONTRACTS FARNBOROUGH

A NEW hotel development is being planned at the home of the country's most famous air show.

Dakota Hotel Developments, part-owned by Formula One driver David Coulthard, wants to put up the £20 million hotel in time for the next weeklong Farnborough air show in 2008.

Norwest Holst, InteriorExterior, John Sisk, Galliford Try and Kier returned bids this week. Construction is set to start in October.

Work at the Hampshire site will involve building the hotel at the former RAF officers' mess and will feature 176 bedrooms, conference facilities, restaurant, gym and sky bar.

As part of the deal, Dakota must contribute towards improving the local roads and the nearby train station.