Building work on a multi-million pound hotel in Sunderland city centre will begin in November, developer GB Group has announced.
The contemporary five-storey Premier Inn, on St Michael’s Way, will comprise 125 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar and meetings rooms, and will form a key gateway in the city.
The University of Sunderland and Sunderland City Council have worked in close partnership with GB Group to support the delivery of the project.
Phil Marsh, director of estates and facilities at the university, said: “The University continues to be hugely supportive of this partnership development which will see further private sector investment made into the city centre, creating jobs and supporting growth.
“The hotel will provide further scope for growth in the university’s events and conference business, UniSpace, and is a welcome addition to Sunderland’s leisure and business tourism offer.”
Also included in the £6m scheme will be repairs to and remodelling of the Grade II-listed former Gas Board building, which houses The Art Studio, The development, due for completion by February 2015, has been designed by architects Faulkner Brown with Mills & Reeve LLP acting as legal advisors to GB Group.