A NEW £7.5million hotel is set to bring up to 50 jobs to Sunderland.
The Premier Inn is set to open in early spring in Hind Street, next to the former Gas Board offices which housed The Art Studio, and within the University of Sunderland campus.
Posts available at the five-storey, 125- bedroom hotel will range from receptionists and restaurant staff to housekeeping.
Bosses at the hotel are hoping to capitalise on the nearby emerging cultural quarter including the Old Fire Station, which was recently granted a £2.4million grant to transform into a performing arts hub.
Louise Hope, cluster general manager at Premier Inn Newcastle South, said: “We are very excited to be opening this hotel early next year and being able to create 50 new jobs and two apprenticeships in the city.
“The hotel will not only help boost the City’s leisure and tourism industry but also regenerate a fantastic area back into a thriving location.”
The hotel has been built using Premier Inn’s best-performing green technologies, including the heating and cooling system being provided through an air source heat pump to reduce carbon emission and high insulated windows to reduce cooling requirements being installed.
This results in energy consumption and demand on resources being significantly reduced, which is part of the company’s Good Together Campaign to ensure that new hotels are built to the highest sustainable standards in the industry.
The proposed hotel has also achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.
BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance in the UK.
The new hotel in Sunderland is part of Premier Inn’s expansion project that will see the company extend its current number of bedrooms UK-wide from 54,000 rooms.