The long anticipated Premier Inn in Letchworth was finally delivered this month after a lengthy build on a tricky town centre site. The architectural design is a contemporary take on the Arts and Crafts style of the Garden City and uses a mix of render, brickwork and clay tile externally together with zinc clad dormers. Entrances face onto Station Road at the front and Openshaw Way to the rear, with car parking provided in adjacent town centre public car parks.
Grosvenor Estates evolved this development proposal with Whitbread to create a hotel and retail space on this prominent site on Hanover Street Liverpool, part of the overall Liverpool One redevelopment. The site’s prominence required a striking landmark building with contemporary detailing and the planning Public Art contribution was provided by the angled art glass corner feature which is angled out over the street. At ground level a mix of 7 various sized retail units, together with the hotel entrance were formed, totaling over 30000sq ft.
At upper levels the Premier Inn offers a full restaurant facility together with 183 bedrooms, served by lift access to all levels. The complex steel framed building included fire fighting lifts as well as conventional passenger lifts, dry risers and other fire precautions developed in conjunction with the statutory authorities, together with ground level delivery and servicing strategy.
Faced externally in a precise charcoal coloured facing brick the building makes a strong urban statement and reinforces the street pattern, punctuated by the strong vertical emphasis of the corner feature entrance.
The New Premier in Kidderminster has opened within the Victorian Slingfield Mill, a grade II listed building, located in the carpet manufacturing area of the town. The upper three floors of the mill are occupied by the Premier Inn, providing 56 rooms, along with a new restaurant on the fourth floor. The restaurant features the exposed original roofing beams making for a characterful dining experience. Secondary glazing has been used in other parts of the hotel along with exposed brickwork to further retain and enhance the Victorian features of the building.