Premier Inn pledgesto minimise disruption
Parking concerns and the disruption faced by local traders and residents during the construction of Berwick's new Premier Inn were aired at a drop-in session.
Work on the £5.5million 60-bedroom hotel on Sandgate is scheduled to begin in mid-July with the opening planned for September 2019.
The first week-long stage will prepare for the creation of a two-way access to Bridge Street car park, resulting in the loss of five parking spaces and the removal of a flower bed which will be reinstated once the work is finished.
The second stage, lasting 10 weeks, will see groundworks carried out. This stage of work will include piling operations into foundations and substructure works.
Stage three, estimated at mid-September, will see a crane installed on site with Drivers Lane closed to traffic for safety reasons. A further seven parking spaces will be lost.
Stage four will see construction of the hotel and is expected to last 10 months.
Richard Aldread, head of construction for Whitbread, said: “The drop-in event was a great success. It was well-attended and there was lots of interest in how we intend to build our new Premier Inn hotel on Sandgate.
“Most people I spoke to want to see us open in Berwick and working with Sanderson, we have a clear programme for building the hotel over the next 12 months. Activity should start on site in the next few weeks.”
David Robinson, construction director at Sanderson Ltd, said: “It is a busy and exciting time for us as we gear up to start work in mid-July.
“Construction by its nature can be noisy and disruptive and though we can’t claim that there will be no impact of work on the site, we will do all we can to minimise any disruption.
“My team will be visible and available should anyone have an issue they would like to talk through with us.
Contact details are on the www.premierinnberwick.co.uk website