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20 March 2017

Whitley Bay’s Premier Inn nears completion

The hotel is one of the landmark projects to revitalise the coastline, including the iconic Spanish City Dome.

Robertson Specialist Division has started bespoke rendering on the hotel, as we also continue our work on the Spanish City Dome centrepiece of North Tyneside Council's £36m regeneration of Whitley Bay.

Commenting on the progress of the project, Jim Wason, director of Robertson Specialist Division, said: "Our arrival on site signifies that work is nearly completed on the new hotel – and we are working closely with all the other Robertson businesses involved in both the hotel and Dome projects to deliver as efficiently as possible.

"The regeneration work will bring more visitors and businesses to Whitley Bay and its coastline, as well as increasing confidence in the borough among businesses and Robertson is proud to be a part of it as it begins to take shape."

North Tyneside's Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, added: "I am delighted that the new Premier Inn hotel and restaurant is nearly built now and ready to welcome guests from all over the country to Whitley Bay – everyone involved in the construction has done such a good job.

"This is such a positive development and, along with the excellent progress we're making as part of our Seafront Master Plan as well as the increased investment from the private sector going on at the coast, it is really helping put Whitley Bay back on the map and increasing confidence in the town, and will prove a major boost for the whole borough."

Premier Inn says the new hotel will create 69 full- and part-time jobs.

The Spanish City project also continues to progress at pace. The restoration of the landmark was procured by Robertson through the Scape National Major Works framework. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions. Through the use of Scape's framework, the project will see money going back into the local community through local spend and training opportunities for local people.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said: "The new hotel will go hand-in-hand with the restoration of the historic Spanish City Dome, ensuring Whitley Bay remains a top tourist destination as well as bringing landmark change to the local area.

"The hotel will create jobs for local people, on top of the employment and training opportunities this project has already brought to North Tyneside through the framework. This is a brilliant example of joined-up public-private collaboration on regeneration and skills."

The hotel, which is expected to be completed in June 2017, will stand alongside the grade II listed Spanish City Dome and will welcome guests from across the UK.

We expect the first phase of work on the Spanish City Dome to be completed by spring 2018 when the building work is handed over to commercial operator Kymel Trading Ltd, with the aim of the building opening in 2018.