Premier Inn build is taking shape
GUERNSEY’S newest hotel is starting to take shape at Admiral Park.
Work on the Premier Inn is due to be completed by December next year but passers-by will have seen that, despite recent bad weather, work has progressed.
The building will have 100 bedrooms but there will also be 30,000sq. ft of office accommodation, a 2,700sq. ft restaurant, a 384-space multi-storey car park, landscaping and upgrades to the general infrastructure to Elizabeth Avenue.
The building contractor is JW Rihoy & Son, with Comprop the developer.
‘In spite of the very wet winter, everything is currently on track and according to the programme,’ said Comprop managing director Steve Marie.
‘We are delighted to be able to bring the first Premier Inn to Guernsey, with the opportunities and benefits it will bring to the island community.’
Rihoy & Son MD Gavin Rihoy said that the wet weather had led to a lot of ground water pumping being required, as well as the shoring up of trenches.
But the works were on time, he said, not just the hotel itself but also to the new entrance at the Waitrose roundabout, the retaining wall to the north side of Elizabeth Avenue, the multi-storey car park and the office block.
On the hotel site itself, work on the steel frame and podium deck to the first floor is nearly completed and the next step will be to start work on the four-storey timber frame.
‘This Admiral Park redevelopment is a fantastic investment for our local construction industry and all of its supply chain; even more significant than that, it great for Guernsey and its economy,’ said Mr Rihoy.
‘We are very excited to be involved.’
An advertisement has already appeared in the Guernsey Press looking for someone to operate a cafe on the site.
Experienced tenants are being sought to take on the business, which Comprop describes as a ‘contemporary bistro/cafe currently under construction at this landmark development’.
The site offers 2,712sq. ft of space with the opportunity to add a mezzanine, said the advert, as well as the possibility of al fresco dining in a landscaped plaza.