Stoford and Premier Inn, the UK’s largest hotel chain, have celebrated the official ‘topping out’ of a new 63-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and restaurant in Dudley town centre.
To mark the occasion, John Bates, Head of Acquisitions UK and Ireland for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, received an engraved silver trowel from property specialists Stoford at the site of the £3.5 million development at Castlegate Business Park.
The three-storey hotel, built on land owned by the Homes and Communities Agency, will shortly be completed by Anglo Holt Construction and will open in July – creating approximately 25 new jobs and providing a major boost to the local economy.
John Bates, Head of Acquisitions UK and Ireland for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants said: “Premier Inn is one of the UK’s top brands and most successful businesses and we are expanding across the country on the back of increasing customer demand. We currently have more than 52,000 Premier Inn bedrooms in the UK and we are on track to achieve our target of 75,000 bedrooms by 2018.
“Stoford is delivering a first class development in an ideal location for a new Premier Inn hotel and restaurant with its town centre location and proximity to the Black Country and surrounding countryside. This new development in Dudley complements other hotels we are developing in Birmingham and Stourbridge and have recently opened at Redditch and Shrewsbury, further strengthening the employment and visitor economy of the region. I look forward to opening our doors to our Dudley customers this summer.”
The hotel is Stoford’s second scheme at Castlegate Business Park where it will shortly start development of a 10,000 sq ft building for the West Midlands Probation Service.