An £8 million project to construct a new Premier Inn hotel in Liverpool is nearing completion.
The project comprises the construction of a 183-bedroom hotel along with seven ground floor restaurant/retail units and is currently due to reach completion in late-October 2012. The project also includes a number of associated external works, including the creation of a service road which is located to the rear of the development.
Watkin Jones & Sons is the main contractor on the project, Allison Pike Partnership are the architects.
Allison Pike Partnership Associate, Simon Pryce, said:
“Premier Inn Hanover Street is the penultimate part of the Liverpool One site which is currently taking shape in Liverpool.
“Liverpool PSDA, which comprises of a partnership between Grosvenor Group and Liverpool City Council, purchased a large area of Liverpool with plans for regeneration. This scheme included the Liverpool One shopping centre and amongst others, Premier Inn Hanover Street.
“Premier Inn Hanover Street is plot 21 of the 22 plot master plan and creates a vista between Liverpool One and the nearby Paradise Street. The site is a flagship development for Premier Inn in the north of England and is one of their largest sites to open in recent years. The scheme also creates seven retail/restaurant units at ground level.”
Work began on the project in July 2011. Prior to work taking place on the development a car park existed on the site, but this was demolished before construction crews moved onto the project.
The new building is being constructed from concrete foundations with a steel frame, and includes metal decked floors, brick and block elevations, rainscreen cladding and Kingspan wall panels. A single-ply roof system is also being used on the hotel, whilst double-glazed aluminium windows are being installed throughout the hotel.
A key area of the hotel is a stunning glazed entrance which creates a focal point for the building as it sits alongside Liverpool One shopping centre.
All of the restaurant/retail units on the project are being installed within the ground level of the development. Main contractors Watkin Jones & Sons has created the shells for the retail units with fit-out works taking place once retailers are appointed.
Upon entry into the building the main foyer opens out to staircases and two lifts which will take guests up to the first floor reception area. In addition to the reception, the first floor also houses the hotel restaurant and a number of bedrooms, whilst the remainder of the guest bedrooms will be located on the three floors and above.
Watkin Jones & Sons Contracts Manager, Nick Bumby, said:
“Premier Inn Hanover Street is currently nearing completion, with just internal fit-out and decoration works remaining. Some external works will also need to be completed which include completing David Lewis Street, the service road to the rear of the hotel.
“Premier Inn Hanover is a very important project for Watkin Jones & Sons to be involved with. We are delivering this hotel to meet Premier Inn’s very high standards of quality and with work continuing to progress well we are confident that we will meet their expectations.”