Leading hotel chain Premier Inn is investing £7.5m into its first North East hotel in a decade – a move which also created 50 new jobs.
The five-storey hotel in Sunderland’s Hind Street, opens its doors early next year, prompting a recruitment drive across a range of full and part-time roles.
Two apprentices will also be taken on.
The hotel will have 125 bedrooms, a 156-seater Thyme restaurant, with an additional 20-seater external terraced area and self-service check-in facilities.
Louise Hope, cluster general manger 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.
The hotel has also achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
The new hotel forms part of Premier Inn’s expansion project that will see the company extend its current number of bedrooms UK-wide from 54,000 rooms to 75,000 by 2018.