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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Hotel chain is on course for a new year opening in Barrow

THE development of a multi-million pound hotel is on track ahead of its planned completion in February.

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SITE’S SET Building work at the new Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre construction site in North Road, Barrow

Premier Inn was given the green light to go ahead with its 62-bedroom development and 150-cover restaurant in Barrow back in November 2011.

Plans for the development were first revealed by the parent company Whitbread PLC in October 2011, but confidential discussions with the council had been taking place for more than two years previously.

Since then, construction of the hotel and Brewer’s Fayre pub in North Road, next to the Dock Museum, has been gathering pace and the leisure giant is set to recruit 65 people starting from next month ahead of the planned completion in February.

Jim Francis, senior project and programme manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said he hoped the development would become a key part in Barrow’s business community.

“Construction is progressing well at Barrow and we’re working hard to have the 62 bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Brewers Fayre restaurant open for our customers by February 2014,” he said.

“The Dock Museum site is an ideal location for us and our hotel and restaurant is a strong proposition for the town.

“Our investment will create approximately 65 new jobs with the UK’s leading hospitality business and it will encourage more visitors to stay in Barrow overnight, boosting the local economy.

“The Brewers Fayre restaurant will also add another quality family-friendly restaurant into the town. These positive benefits will have a real impact on Barrow and we can’t wait to open the doors and become part of the local business community.

“For those interested in working with us we will shortly start recruiting for the new hotel and restaurant so watch this space.”

Nick Johnston, acquisition manager for Whitbread, said the new hotel will add to Barrow’s business community by offering more accommodation in the town.

“Barrow adds another quality location in the North West and our hotel will be built and the doors open for our customers by February,” he said.

“Our new hotel on North Road will create approximately 65 new jobs and make the town an even better place to visit and do business.”

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