The eight-storey hotel will include a ground-floor restaurant and bar, occupying a prime site at Lewins Mead that has been laying derelict for a number of years.
“We are delighted with this decision,” said Peter Lawson, Associate Director for the Bristol office planning and urban design consultancy Turley Associates. “Together with new jobs, the hotel will attract significant numbers of tourists and business travellers to the city who are seeking affordable centrally located accommodation, which has to be good news for the local economy.”
The new hotel will comply with the Bristol City Council’s tough environmental policies introduced through its Core Strategy in 2011. The hotel will comply with the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ environmental assessment standard and will achieve a 20 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.
Earlier this month, Turley Associates’ also won a planning appeal for a new 108-bed Premier Inn hotel in Bath.
Premier Inn High Wycombe
Meanwhile, the hotel chain is nearing the completion of a new 120-bedroom hotel and restaurant in central High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The scheme represents an investment from Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants of over £5 million and will create more than 40 jobs.
Richard Pearson, acquisition manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “Premier Inn is a UK success story and we’re expanding across the country in line with strong customer demand for the quality, consistency and value that Premier Inn provides.
“We have a strategy to expand from the 47,000 bedrooms we have in the UK today to achieve 65,000 bedrooms by 2016 – our new High Wycombe hotel will take us further towards that target.”
The company has more than 600 hotels open in the UK today and is actively looking at more than 300 target towns for additional expansion.