WORK to complete Scarborough’s first purpose-built hotel for more than 70 years remains on course for completion.
The Premier Inn building, on the corner of Vernon Road and Falconers Road, is set to meet its scheduled March opening date with all major structural work finished.
The 74-bedroom hotel, on the site of the former Boothby’s Garage, will include a first floor Brewers Fayre restaurant and pub and create 50 new jobs in the town.
Speaking to the Evening News late last year, site manager Mike Roberts, from PDR Construction in Hull, said he was confident the work would be completed to schedule.
He said: “We are all looking OK for the completion date.
“All the main construction work is done now and we are currently fitting the ground floor pub and restaurant.
“We did the construction in two phases.
“The back phase is now on to final decorations and we have all trades in at the moment on the front section.”
Building work started in May last year and a giant crane towered over the town for a number of months to install the hotel’s steel framework.
Falconers Road was temporarily closed during the work as another larger crane was erected to move the original structure.
Mr Roberts added: “Everything has gone relatively smoothly on site.
“The only problems arising from the weather and high winds which prevented us from using the crane.
“Everyone is working hard to hit the target.”
At the commencement of the work, Nick Taylor, then Scarborough Council’s urban renaissance manager, said the hotel was a real boon for the town.
He said: “The new development should be applauded.
“It is great news for Scarborough as it shows that confidence for the town is growing.
“Although a small purpose-built hotel was built in Flixton in recent years this is the first purpose-built hotel built within Scarborough’s town centre for many years.
“It should prove a good draw to this part of the town, especially with plans to house a retail outlet and restaurant on the ground floor of the property.”
The Premier chain has more than 580 hotels in Britain and Ireland.
The company was first launched as Travel Inn in 1987 and then re-launched as Premier Inn in 2007.
Kevin Murray, acquisition manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which owns the Premier chain, said he was delighted the company had expanded its roots to Scarborough.
He added: “Premier Inn continues to expand across the country.
“Scarborough is an important new location for us and we are excited to be on site.
“We look forward to welcoming guests from March.”
Planning permission for the hotel was granted despite objections from the owners of a nearby property who said Falconers Road was known locally as “the booze run”.
They also claimed any further drinking venues in the area would “add fuel to the fire”.
However, the development was given the go ahead on the condition that its folding windows would not be open past 11pm each evening.
The last purpose-built hotel in the town is believed to be the Ryndle Court in Northstead Manor Drive, which was built in 1939.