Sheffield school searching for new Year 11 prom venue with Hilton Hotel set to close
A Sheffield secondary school has been forced to search for a new Year 11 prom venue after The Hilton Hotel announced it was set to close.
The four-star Sheffield hotel, beside the canal basin at Victoria Quays, is due to close on Decemeber 15 after 20 years in the city.
Outwood Academy City were due to hold their Year 11 prom at the hotel but said they are now searching for a venue.
They also confirmed on Twitter that the date could change from July 2 as a result.
Posting on Twitter, they said: “It's been confirmed that the Hilton hotel at Victoria Quays in Sheffield is set to close. The owners say it will shut its doors on the 15th December, we now search for a new Prom venue for 2020! Y11 where would you like you prom?
“Please note the date could change from 2 July.”
The school said it has made several enquiries into new venues for the prom.
Hilton said it has managed the property since 1999 on behalf of the leaseholder Park Victoria Quays Lessee Ltd, which had decided to surrender its lease.
A spokeswoman for the hotel chain said the building had been a hotel since 1997 and the current management agreement between Park Victoria Quays and Hilton dated from 2017.
She said the hotel has around 100 permanent staff, who were informed last week, and Hilton was working closely with them to ‘understand their best options’.
She added that all guests affected would be contacted and Hilton would help them to find alternative arrangements where possible.
A spokeswoman for Hilton said: “Hilton Sheffield will cease to operate on December 15, 2019. Hilton managed the property on behalf of the owning company, Park Victoria Quays Lessee Ltd. The owning company has decided to surrender its lease and, as a result, the hotel will close. The hotel’s closure is in no way linked to Hilton’s operation of the hotel.
“We will be contacting all guests impacted by the closure to inform them of the hotel closure and will work with them to find alternative arrangements where possible.
“We are committed to supporting team members at the hotel during this time and will be working closely with them to understand best options.”