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Premier Inn hope for Blackburn Cathedral Quarter
BLACKBURN’S first-ever town centre hotel could be a 56-bed Premier Inn, hotel bosses said.
News of the potential development comes as part of the £30m regeneration plan for the Cathedral Quarter.
Blackburn with Darwen Council is currently in negotiations with the low-cost chain, which has even taken the step of advertising its licensing requirements on the site.
Despite plans being in the early stages, Premier Inn bosses said the hotel would have at least 56 beds, to match their smallest scheme in Kidderminster, but it could possibly have more.
The hotel will be based next to the Clergy court residency within the Cathedral grounds, council bosses said.
A Premier Inn spokesman, said: “Premier Inn is actively looking for 6m sq ft of new space across the UK as we expand from the 52,000 Premier Inn bedrooms today to our target of 65,000 by 2016.
“Blackburn is a town we want to be in, and we are looking at a number of opportunities in the town, including the Cathedral Quarter redevelopment.”
As well as creating the town’s first-ever town centre hotel, the development will transform the Boulevard and see the construction of a new bus station in Ainsworth Street.
Council bosses said the development will complement the new £66m Mall shopping centre and £8m new market.
It would be the second development for the company in the town, which already has a hotel in Riversway Drive, Lower Darwen.
Coun Dave Harling, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “Work on the Cathedral Quarter development is set to start later this year as part of a major £30m invest-ment in regeneration projects in the town centre.
“Work will start on site in the late summer. The first phase is the construction of an office with retail space underneath.
“The Clergy court residency and the hotel, to be based on the Cathedral grounds, will follow, as well as some public realm works. The Boulevard will be closed off first to accommodate the start of the development, as well as the construction of the new bus station.
“Negotiations are advanced with a hotel chain and details will be announced in due course.”
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