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Vraj, Kamal and Sunil Pankhania


FOUNDER and now chairman of Westcombe Group, Vraj Pankhania has led the business to become one of the UK’s most successful residential property developers. The family-owned business is now run by Vraj’s sons Kamal, who is the chief executive and managing director, and Sunil, chief operations director. The business specialises in renovating and converting Grade I and Grade II listed buildings. In January, Acre Hotels, the hospitality arm of the Westcombe Group, opened their latest hotel, Hampton by Hilton London Old Street, a £13m property at the heart of Shoreditch in east London.

It has an unusual double basement design, with two separate basements of five metres and 10 metres depth, and has an ‘Excellent’ rating from BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), one of the most popular and internationally recognised green building rating systems in the world. “I’m proud to see the hotel open and taking in guests to enjoy our hard work. As with any large-scale building in central London, it is not without its challenges, but we’re experts in dealing with sites like Old Street, and I want to thank all of our team who have made it a success,” Kamal said. “We are confident that the hotel will serve its customers and the local community well. We are delighted to have worked with as established a brand as Hampton by Hilton, and look forward to building more hotels with them in the future.”

The brothers have been overseeing the day to-day running of the business since 2003. Ka mal has played a significant role in expanding the company’s activities outside of London. After studying construction management and real estate development at University College London, Sunil joined the family business es as chief operations officer, and has been leading the management, development and progression of the

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