New 80-bedroom hotel will be built as part of a mixed-use site including a Cookhouse & Pub restaurant and KFC drive-through
Construction of a new 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel in Skegness is now underway. The new hotel is being built on Pier Field as part of a mixed-use scheme which includes a 190-cover Cookhouse & Pub restaurant and a KFC drive-through. It is estimated the hotel and restaurant will be open by Easter 2019, ahead of the main tourist season.
Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn, has confirmed it is investing approximately £8 million in the development of the new Premier Inn and Cookhouse & Pub restaurant at Pier Field. On opening, the new hotel and restaurant is expected to create more than 40 new year-round jobs, with recruitment to be focused in Skegness and the surrounding area.
Richard Aldread, Head of New Construction (UK and Ireland Regions) at Premier Inn, said:
“Pier Field is an excellent location for a new Premier Inn hotel and Cookhouse & Pub restaurant. The site is close to the town centre, it a short walk from the beach and is easily accessible by car, public transport and by foot. It is the type of seaside location our customers want us to be and I am pleased our contractors have now started work on the site and we are a step closer to opening.”
“As a business we try very hard to be a considerate neighbour. The same applies when we are building new Premier Inn hotels and restaurants across the country. In Skegness, we will do all we can to minimise the effect of building on our neighbours, especially during the busy Bank Holidays and the main tourist season.”
Together, the hotel, restaurant and KFC are anticipated to boost the local economy. An independent economic assessment submitted as part of the planning application for the site predicted guests of Premier Inn will spend an additional £870,000 per year in the local area as they visit local attractions and eat and drink out when they stay.
Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Steve Kirk, said:
“It is fantastic that Whitbread has chosen to invest in Skegness and I am pleased that the building work can begin. This multi-million-pound investment will provide a massive boost to the local economy and will create much needed year-round employment.
“I am pleased to see that recruitment for these jobs will be focussed on the Skegness area. With the construction of the Premier Inn and the planned investment from other businesses, it is clear to see that Skegness has a bright and exciting future ahead which is something we can all be positive about.”
Premier Inn was named the UK’s top-rated hotel chain for 2017 according to Which? With over 750 budget hotels and more than 70,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland, Premier Inn guests are never far from a great night’s sleep at fantastic value rates. Premier Inn hotels are in more locations than any other UK hotel brand for the ease and convenience of leisure and business travellers alike.
Premier Inn has six hotels open and trading in Lincolnshire, including in Scunthorpe, Lincoln, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Boston and Grantham. East Lindsey District Council granted planning permission for the leisure development on Pier Field in September 2016.