Allison Pike Partnership are proud to announce the opening of their latest Premier Inn project for Whitbread, which has now started welcoming guests at Paradise Square, Oxford City Centre opposite the Westgate Shopping Mall, and just a three-minute walk away from Westgate Oxford, close to Oxford University.
The hotel incorporates Premier Inn’s 1000th new enhanced room offer – Premier Plus – which is fitted-out with more comfort, convenience and connectivity.
Plans were first drawn up for the project by Allison Pike in 2013 following Whitbread’s acquisition of a 1980’s office building that occupied the city centre site. Two CABE reviews later and a collaboration between Allison Pike and Rick Mather Architects, saw a Planning Approval granted in late 2017 and construction commence in late 2019.
The redevelopment by Allison Pike Partnership provided the opportunity to improve and enhance Paradise Square, a public space adjacent to the hotel, and 27 new jobs have been created at the hotel on opening.
Richard Aldread, Head of Construction in the UK regions and Ireland for Whitbread, said: “We spotted the opportunity to bring Premier Inn’s affordable bedrooms into the heart of Oxford city centre around the time the plans to redevelop the Westgate Shopping Centre were being discussed. With the help of a talented team of designers and development professionals, and the support of City Council officers, we have built a superb new hotel in a challenging setting. It’s a proud moment to see the hotel open and I have no doubt that it will be extremely popular with our business and leisure guests and play a positive role in supporting the city’s economy.”
Simon Pryce, Director of Allison Pike Partnership, said: “The new hotel makes a really positive contribution to the wider city centre setting by preserving and enhancing views of adjacent listed buildings – creating new & positive connections with new visual and physical routes around the site. The high quality of materials used, coupled with excellent workmanship from our contractor, has resulted in a building the whole team can really be proud of.”
Structural Engineering by Simpson Associates; M&E design by Thornley & Lumb; PM/QS services by Baqus; Landscaping design by Barry Chinn Associates; Acoustic design by Scotch Partners; Transport/Highways design by RGP; Main Contractor was Carter Lauren.