Airedale awarded Premier Inn trio

A computer-generated image of the new Premier Inn at Bridlington.A computer-generated image of the new Premier Inn at Bridlington.

Bradford-headquartered Airedale Group is to outfit three new Premier Inn restaurant kitchens for major hospitality operator, Whitbread.

The schemes underway comprise Ulverston in the Lake District, Rhyl in north Wales and Bridlington on the east Yorkshire coast.

All three are new sites for the hotel brand, with the 79-bedroom Premier Inn and adjoining Thyme Restaurant next to the Ulverston Canal due to be completed in December.

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The 70-bedroom hotel and Brewers Fayre restaurant at the Rhyl waterfront is scheduled to finish in January.

The Bridlington scheme, which involves the construction of an 82-bedroom Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre next to a new seafront leisure centre, is also due to be completed in January. The hotel is the first to be built in the resort since 1937.

Leisure contractor Medlock FRB will be undertaking the hotels’ build and fit-out as well as the restaurants’ front of house work. Collectively these projects are worth over £11m to the firm.

Medlock project director Dan Lewis said: “We are delighted to further cement our relationship with Whitbread with the award of these contracts. The target for further hotels in the UK is well-documented and presents a tremendous opportunity for Medlock to be part of this expansion.

“We have a strong track record in the successful delivery of previous projects and look forward to achieving outstanding standards of work again to help the Premier Inn brand maintain its position as the country’s most popular hotel brand.”

Whitbread has 762 Premier Inn hotels in the UK and more than 68,000 rooms in total. The chain expects to add around 4,200 rooms during this financial year and is aiming to grow to around 85,000 by 2020. Further expansion of its joint site restaurants is also planned.

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