The historic city of Canterbury welcomes 620,000 overnight visitors a year* and is an internationally renowned visitor location. Premier Inn did not have a presence in the city and this development provided 120 guest bedrooms in a prominent street corner location, a walking distance from the city centre.
As Employer’s Agent, working for the developer, we worked closely with Premier Inn to ensure that the scheme was delivered on schedule, on budget and to the benchmarked level of quality.
The scheme is built adjacent one of the major roads into the heart of the city and therefore the logistics of the build process needed to be considered carefully. This included discussing with the planners and designer’s potential options for construction, to minimise disruption during the build.
The site was surrounded by land owned by other parties, including the main Canterbury College, and therefore party wall agreements were required, prior to works commencing.
This scheme was designed to – and achieved – a BREEAM Very Good rating. The design of the scheme maximised the site capacity, and also encompassed a number of street level retail units, which have all been let.
The building is a welcoming addition to Canterbury’s skyline and has added to the overall redevelopment of the area. We were delighted that the scheme has been so successful and the hotel has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, echoing how well received the hotel has been. *2009 statistics