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29 Aug 2018

Bumper August for new Premier Inn openings

New hotel openings and extensions add nearly 600 Premier Inn bedrooms across the UK  .

Premier Inn, the UK’s leading hotel brand, is on track to open nearly 600 new hotel bedrooms this August (2018).

Four new hotel locations will open during the month including new sites in Gloucester, Sevenoaks, Staines upon Thames and Hayes in Greater London.  Extensions to three existing Premier Inn hotels will also open at Liverpool, Plymouth and Rochester.

The suite of sites adds a total of 573 new bedrooms to the Premier Inn estate and creating more than 180 new permanent jobs.

Jo Moon, Property Acquisitions Director for Premier Inn & Restaurants at Whitbread, said:

Adding four new sites and three extensions to our network in a month is a testament to the hard work of our property acquisitions, extensions, construction and new openings teams. It also demonstrates the benefits of Premier Inn’s flexible development requirements and what can be achieved through close collaboration with our development partners, host local authorities and local communities.  We remain extremely active across the UK and are continuing to look for more great sites that match our target locations nationwide”.

The new hotel and restaurant openings in August include:  

  • Gloucester Docks (Bakers Quay) – a 104-bedroom Premier Inn, Beefeater and Costa Coffee drive-thru which are part of the £60million regeneration of Gloucester Docks by Rokeby Development and Merchant Place Developments;
  • London Hayes – a 150-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater situated near to Heathrow Airport (South Hyde Park) which created 63 new jobs. The hotel is a freehold development by Whitbread;
  • Sevenoaks, Kent – an 80-bedroom Premier Inn on the site of a former Sevenoaks District Council-owned car park near Sevenoaks railway station.The hotel was funded and constructed by the District Council, with Whitbread taking a 25-year lease on the completed development. 26 new jobs were created on the opening of the hotel, 60% of which were taken up by people not in work, education or training (NEETS) before joining Whitbread;
  • Staines upon Thames, Surrey – a 155-bedroom Premier Inn and Thyme restaurant on Staines High Street, creating 35 new jobs.

Existing Premier Inn hotels are also opening new bedrooms in August including at Rochester, Kent (40 new bedrooms); Liverpool, West Derby (20 new bedrooms) and Plymouth, Lockyers Quay (24 new bedrooms).      

In its last financial year, Whitbread secured deals for 31 new Premier Inn hotels across the UK, contributing a further 4,300 rooms to the secured development pipeline.  In its Preliminary results presentation on 25 April 2018, the business confirmed it has more than 14,700 Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn bedrooms in its committed pipeline and expects to achieve its target of 85,000 bedrooms by 2020.

 

For more information, please contact:

Emily Barnes / Ben Copithorne / Richard Pia at Camargue on 020 7637 7366 / whitbread@camargue.uk

James Anderson, Property Communications Manager at Whitbread on 07850 944 798 / James.Anderson@whitbread.com

Notes to editors

The image supplied with the release is of Premier Inn Sevenoaks.

The new Premier Inn hotels and extended sites opened over the month as follows: Sevenoaks, 3rd August; Rochester, 4th August; Gloucester Quayside, 10th August; London Hayes and Beefeater, 17th August; Liverpool West Derby, 18th August; Staines upon Thames, 23rd August; Plymouth Lockyers Quay, 25th August.

About Premier Inn

Premier Inn was named the UK's top-rated hotel chain for 2017 according to Which? With 750+ hotels and more than 72,000 bedrooms 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.

All Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, a luxurious Hypnos® bed, a choice of pillows, TV with Freeview and free Wi-Fi. A bar and restaurant is situated either on-site or next door to each hotel, offering a wide range of food and drink including a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast.

Across the estate, the average Trip Advisor score for Premier Inn hotels is 4.2. The business has been awarded the Best UK Family Hotel in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, Best UK Hotel Group in the Silver Travel Awards and the Business In The Community Environmental Leadership Award. 

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is the National Charity partner of Premier Inn and to date team members, guests and suppliers have reached the milestone of £10 million, which formed part of the funding towards the Premier Inn Clinical Building, officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in January 2018.

Outside of the UK, Premier Inn's expansion plans are focused on two key markets; Germany and the Middle East, with plans to expand in Ireland.   Premier Inn opened its first hotel in Frankfurt in 2016 and the business has 5,500 Premier Inn bedrooms in its secured pipeline in Germany.