Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, (which is the parent company of Premier Inn) were at the Coronation Hall to unveil the design and layout of the building, and to answer questions from residents. It’s to be built on the North Lonsdale Terrace site of the former abattoir, a site that has been unused for quite a while.
The plans revealed that the Hotel will have 79 rooms (5 that will have special access for disabled guests) and a 68 space car park. In addition there will also be a walk-in restaurant and an in house café.
Around thirty part time and full time jobs would be created.
The arrival of Premier Inn is a topic that divides opinion in the town. Some see this as another nail in the coffin for Ulverston; just another big name coming in and suffocating the smaller B&B’s that Ulverston already has. But to other’s this is a welcome addition to the town. Ulverston is a festival town and has tens of thousands of people coming from far and wide to visit. Having a Premier Inn offers visitors somewhere else to stay, creates jobs and will be good for the town’s economy.
A Premier Inn was built in Barrow two years ago and has been a huge success, so naturally the potential for on in Ulverston is very promising indeed.
Whitbread Hotels will be submitting plans to South Lakeland District Council by the end of the month. Should the council approve their plans then work should take place on the site at the start of January, with the hotel being completed between late April and early May