Whitbread has expanded its portfolio of hotels
in Northern Ireland with the opening of an 85-room hotel in
Central Bangor, the eighth
Premier Inn hotel in the country.
Located on Castle Park Avenue,
metres from Bangor Castle and within walking distance of Bangor
Marina and the town centre, the Premier Inn Bangor represents an £8 million investment
by Conway Group, and has created 35 year-round jobs.
Alderman Bill Keery, Mayor of Ards and North Down,
said that the hotel "will make a very significant contribution to the accommodation
offering locally and is much needed as we begin to explore other
exciting opportunities for the town that will attract more
visitors over the next five years. The council has recently signed
a £50 million agreement for a mixed-use redevelopment of Queen's
Parade and, as part of the Belfast Region City Deal, has secured
£60 million for the regeneration of a two-mile stretch of the
coastline from Pickie to Ballymacormick Point - plans that will
reimagine Bangor for both residents and visitors."
The hotel was built by PJ Conway Contractors Ltd who
redeveloped the site of the former Bangor Leisure Centre into the
latest generation Premier Inn. In total, the construction of the
hotel took 17 months, with recruitment at the hotel starting three
months ahead of opening. Recruitment of the new team was focused
through the local Job Centre Plus.
Commenting on the launch, Kevin
Murray, Head of Acquisitions for Premier Inn in Ireland and
northern England, said, “The hotel is right
where our customers will want us to be, with the transport
connections and accessible parking they expect from Premier Inn,
and features our latest specification bedrooms and family-friendly
in-house restaurant. It’s an excellent showcase for the quality of
our hotels and we’re expecting it will be popular with leisure and
business guests year-round.”
The opening represents the latest phase of Premier
Inn’s investment in Northern Ireland and follows the granting of
planning consent for a 51-bedroom extension of the Lisburn Premier
Inn (consented in mid-June).