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14 Jan 2019

Whitbread acquires prominent Dublin development site for 180-bedroom Premier Inn hotel

Twilfit House purchase marks Premier Inn’s first freehold acquisition in Dublin city centre as the UK’s leading hotel brand searches for up to 2,500 bedrooms in the city

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn hotel chain, has completed a freehold deal to purchase the Twilfit House development site in Dublin 1 for a new build 180-bedroom Premier Inn hotel.

The purchase is Whitbread’s first freehold acquisition in Dublin and represents a significant step in Premier Inn’s expansion into Ireland as the business looks to fulfil a requirement for 2,000-2,500 bedrooms in Dublin.

Situated in a prime location in Dublin 1, Twilfit House is close to O’Connell Street, Temple Bar, Trinity College and many other major tourist attractions.  Its proximity next to the Jervis Street Luas stop also makes it a highly accessible location from across the city.

Kevin Murray, Head of Acquisitions (North & Ireland) for Whitbread, said:

“Securing Twilfit House is an important landmark in Premier Inn’s expansion into Ireland and builds strong momentum to our acquisition drive in Dublin.  Being close to many major tourist attractions and great transport links makes Twilfit House an excellent location for a Premier Inn hotel and we expect it to trade very well on opening.

“The deal marks Whitbread’s first freehold investment in Dublin city centre and we are actively pursuing other live freehold and leasehold opportunities, including potential office-to-hotel conversions and going concern purchases, as we seek to secure up to 2,500 Premier Inn bedrooms in the city.”

Whitbread has acquired the freehold on the Twilfit House site from Abarta Investments ICAV.  The investment fund had previously secured full planning permission from Dublin City Council to build a 180-bedroom hotel on the site.  The planning consent was upheld by An Bord Pleanála in late December 2018 and, upon expiration of the existing tenancies, Whitbread will demolish the existing three-storey Twilfit House building and construct a new seven-storey Premier Inn hotel on the site.

Daniel O’Connor, Senior Vice President JLL Hotels Ireland, who advises Whitbread on its expansion in Ireland, added:

“We are delighted to advise Whitbread PLC on this high profile off-market acquisition of the Twilfit House site in Dublin 1.  The acquisition is an excellent fit for the company’s first freehold purchase in Dublin, given its prime location and expertly designed hotel scheme.  The hunt is very much on for further Dublin opportunities for the business.”

The purchase of Twilfit House is the second Premier Inn hotel to be secured in Dublin city centre after Whitbread confirmed last autumn it had secured planning permission for a 97-bedroom Premier Inn hotel on South Great Georges Street.  Premier Inn also has an existing 213-bedroom hotel at Dublin Airport.


Notes to editors

The Premier Inn Jervis Street will include an in-house Thyme restaurant.  Construction of the development will be led by Whitbread’s in-house team.

Planning consent for Premier Inn’s South Great George’s Street was secured in September 2018.  Demolition work is anticipated to commence in Q1 2019 with the hotel scheduled to open in summer 2020.

Whitbread has one Premier Inn hotel in the Republic of Ireland at Dublin Airport (Airside Retail Park, Swords). The business has an established presence in Northern Ireland with Premier Inn hotels in Belfast (x3), Lisburn, Carrickfergus, Coleraine and Derry / Londonderry.

For more information, please contact:

Gillian Murtagh, Head of Marketing, JLL on Gillian.Murtagh@eu.jll.com / +353 1673 1697

James Anderson, Property Communications Manager, Whitbread on james.anderson@whitbread.com / +447850 944 798

Emily Barnes / Richard Pia at Camargue on +4420 7637 7366 / whitbread@camargue.uk


About Premier Inn

Premier Inn was named the UK's top-rated hotel chain for 2017 according to Which?. With over 785 budget hotels and more than 74,000 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.

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.

In the past year, over 80% of Premier Inn hotels achieved a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.  Premier Inn has also 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.

Premier Inn employs over 19,000 team members and is a Whitbread PLC brand. Whitbread PLC achieved 8th place in The Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For in 2017, an accolade awarded as the result of direct team member feedback.

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 also operates hotels in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

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