Hotel is set to open next month

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BUILDING work on Scarborough’s new Premier Inn is due to be completed a week today.

The 74-bedroom development, on the corner of Vernon Road and Falconers Road, will be Scarborough’s first purpose-built hotel for more than 70 years.

It will include a Brewers Fayre restaurant and pub and create 50 new jobs in the town.

Site manager Mike Roberts, from PDR Construction in Hull, said that they are due to hand over to Premier Inn for final fittings on February 18.

He said: “An opening date hasn’t been set yet, but we believe they want to be up and running around two weeks after the handover.

“We’re currently working on the last bits of wallpapering, carpeting - all the final finishing trades.”

Around 40 workers are busy putting the final touches to the building before Premier Inn can start furnishing rooms and fitting out the public areas.

Mr Roberts said that although the project had gone well, the location of the site had proved challenging.

He explained: “It’s been difficult with deliveries of materials coming in, but we’ve had a good neighbourly liaison.”

The company first started out building car showrooms and moved into hotels around five years ago.

Their next project will be a 56-bedroom older people’s home in Harrogate.

Mr Roberts said: “It’s been really nice to see everything coming together. We’ll probably stay on for a couple of weeks to take care of any snags.”

He added that the next big job is putting up all the external signage.

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.

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: “Scarborough is an important new location for us and we are excited to be on site.”

The last purpose-built hotel in the town is believed to be the Ryndle Court in Northstead Manor Drive, built in 1939.