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Premier Inn for Admiral Park site

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PREMIER INN will open at Admiral Park as part of a £35m. investment in the site.

An artist’s impression of the proposed 100-bedroom Premier Inn development at Admiral Park. The hotel, with in-house Thyme restaurant, will be a key building forming part of a new development to be undertaken by Comprop. Work is due to start with demolition of Sydney Vane House in the next four to six weeks. The main project will begin in the autumn of this year and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021.

The 100-bedroom hotel, with in-house Thyme restaurant, will be a key building forming part of a new development to be undertaken by Comprop, which will also include:

  • 30,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation
  • 2,500 sq. ft. of restaurant/brasserie
  • 384 space multi-storey car park
  • Extensive landscaping
  • Major upgrades to the general infrastructure to Elizabeth Avenue

Planning permission is already in place, with demolition of Sydney Vane House due to begin in the next four to six weeks.

The main project will begin in the autumn of this year and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021.

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Local building contractors JW Rihoy & Son have been awarded the contract for the complete development.

‘We are delighted to be able to announce that the Admiral Park project will see Comprop once again injecting significant private sector money into the economy – which will mean jobs for local residents, expansion opportunities for island businesses, and a significant boost for the tourism industry,’ said Comprop managing director Steve Marie.

‘It also presents the first new construction of large-scale offices for a number of years which will give added flexibility to the office market.

‘The infrastructure changes are planned to improve the use of Elizabeth Avenue with an extended slip lane into Les Banques and new traffic signals to help reduce some of the congestion at peak times.

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‘The development of the site unlocks its potential providing the first Premier Inn to Guernsey and, in addition, opportunities for local or international business wishing to relocate to Guernsey.

‘This is in conjunction with our announcement earlier this week to seek pre-lets for the proposed office development, St James Place on Rue Marguerite.

‘We are not ruling out the opportunity for a cinema on the site and would welcome any approaches from operators and explore opportunities if they arise.

‘Our discussions with Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, have led to today’s announcement; so all things are possible.’

Premier Inn opened in Jersey almost a year ago.

The success of the hotel at Charing Cross in St Helier has given us the confidence to invest in a further site on Jersey and now our first Premier Inn on Guernsey.

‘A new Premier Inn on Guernsey will bring many benefits to the island,’ said Derek Griffin, head of acquisitions in London and the south for Premier Inn.

‘It will bring a different type of accommodation to Guernsey, diversifying the accommodation offer for business and leisure guests. It will also create new year-round jobs with the UK’s leading hotel business, and our strong brand and established marketing channels will help to promote the Island to existing Premier Inn customers who may not immediately think to visit.

‘Admiral Park is an excellent location for our first Guernsey hotel. It has the accessibility and transport connections Premier Inn customers expect and we are looking forward to working with Comprop on the construction of the new hotel over the next two years.’

Premier Inn (Guernsey) Ltd will apply for a liquor licence on Tuesday 9 July.

Comprop’s history with Admiral Park goes back over 20 years - having built offices, new homes, Checkers (now Waitrose) and the B&Q building.

This phase uses two thirds of the land available with the remaining space to be held for future phases of development.

The Premier Inn at Charing Cross in St Helier launched on 5 July 2018. A planning application for Whitbread’s second site in Jersey, a 122-bedroom hotel as part of the £70m. Bath Street redevelopment, was submitted to the States of Jersey by Le Masurier in April.

Nick Mann

By Nick Mann
News editor

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