Patrick Dempsey, managing director at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said:
“Reaching 50,000 rooms across the portfolio is a great achievement that we are very pleased with. Our growth across Greater London is particularly exciting as it means we can offer even more people a great night’s sleep in the best locations and we look forward to opening many more over the next few years.”
McAleer & Rushe was there to share the celebrations as it was awarded the £29m contract to build the 630 bedroom hotel at Gatwick Airport for Arora Hotels’ development arm Grove Developments.
The 250,000 sq ft 630-bedroom hotel is right beside the drop off zone for the North terminal at Gatwick. Designed by Belfast-based Urban Innovations the Premier Inn has a bar and restaurant and Costa Coffee area on the entrance level, with the bedrooms located on nine levels above. Its layout is based on a ‘Doughnut’ form which is centred on an inner courtyard which provides an acoustic buffer zone from its busy surroundings. The hotel also boasts a four level car park beneath the hotel, together with a separate 400-space multi-deck car park.
McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:
“This is our third project for Arora Hotels with whom we have established a very good rapport. They give us a very tight but clear brief to work to and we understand how important it is for each project to be delivered within budget and on time. This project was particularly significant to work on as it is the UK flagship for Premier Inn.”
Premier Inn is the UK’s biggest hotel chain and is the largest provider of budget hotels within the M25 area with aims to increase its number of rooms by 50% and double its size in London by 2016.