PREMIER UP­GRADE

New ho­tel plan for ‘eye­sore’ site

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Shirley Bar­tynek

Plans to de­mol­ish a derelict Hamil­ton town cen­tre build­ing to make way for a £7mil­lion ho­tel have been lodged.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­ceived a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion which could see the old Hamil­ton Town Ho­tel be­ing flat­tened and a Premier Inn built on the site.

If given the green light, the 96-bed­room ho­tel on Town­head Street would cre­ate around 60 jobs for the area.

Nick John­ston, ac­qui­si­tion man­ager for Premier Inn, said: “The con­tem­po­rary de­sign and strate­gic lo­ca­tion will cre­ate a sense of ‘en­try’ into Hamil­ton.

“The full­height glazed frontage of the Beefeater restau­rant will also cre­ate a lively, an­i­mated frontage on to Town­head Street.” Hamil­ton Town Ho­tel has lain derelict for more than a decade and has been sub­jected to van­dal­ism and graf­fiti over the years.

It has also been branded an ‘eye­sore’ by res­i­dents and shop­pers.

Am­bi­tious plans were revealed this week to de­mol­ish a town cen­tre “eye­sore” to make way for a £7m ho­tel.

Premier Inn have lodged plans with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to flat­ten the derelict Hamil­ton Town Ho­tel, with a view to build­ing a 96-bed­room ho­tel and Beefeater restau­rant on the Town­head Street site.

The plan also in­cludes a third party restau­rant which would be de­vel­oped as a shell unit un­til a ten­ant has been found.

It is hoped, if the de­vel­op­ment gets the go-ahead, that the ho­tel will bring around 60 jobs to the area.

Nick John­ston, ac­qui­si­tion man­ager for the north west, Scot­land and Wales at Premier Inn, said: “Our de­vel­op­ment part­ner has re­cently sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for a brand new 96-bed­room Premier Inn ho­tel and Beefeater restau­rant on the site of the former Hamil­ton Town Ho­tel on Town­head Street.

“The pro­posal seeks de­tailed plan­ning per­mis­sion to clear the cur­rently derelict site and cre­ate a strik­ing new ho­tel and restau­rant build­ing.

“The con­tem­po­rary de­sign and strate­gic lo­ca­tion will cre­ate a sense of ‘en­try’ into Hamil­ton. The full­height glazed frontage of the Beefeater restau­rant will also cre­ate a lively, an­i­mated frontage onto Town­head Street.

“Whit­bread, Premier Inn’s par­ent com­pany, is in­vest­ing more than £7 mil­lion in the new Premier Inn and Beefeater. We also an­tic­i­pate more than 60 new jobs will be cre­ated on open­ing, with re­cruit­ment fo­cused within South La­nark­shire. As you can ex­pect, we are ex­tremely ex­cited about this ap­pli­ca­tion. We hope the coun­cil sup­ports our am­bi­tions for the site and the op­por­tu­ni­ties we will bring to the town.”

Hamil­ton Town Ho­tel has lain derelict for more than a decade, and has been sub­jected to graf­fiti and van­dal­ism over the years.

Shop­keep­ers and vis­i­tors to the area have branded the C-listed build­ing an “eye­sore”.

Gareth Walker of Hamil­ton Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

He said: “This is a real vote of con­fi­dence in the fu­ture of Hamil­ton from two suc­cess­ful na­tional brands. We are de­lighted to see the de­vel­op­ment of such an im­por­tant site in the town, and feel con­fi­dent that this will act as a cat­a­lyst for fur­ther re­gen­er­a­tion.

“The re­cently pub­lished Town Cen­tre Strat­egy doc­u­ment gives a flavour and in­di­ca­tion of the types of pos­si­bil­i­ties that will ex­ist for our town.”

Pauline El­liott, head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment at the coun­cil, said: “The ap­pli­ca­tion is cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed and will be dealt with in the usual man­ner. How­ever, it is too early to say at this stage when the ap­pli­ca­tion will be pre­sented at com­mit­tee.”

We are ex­tremely ex­cited about this ap­pli­ca­tion

Nick John­ston

Di­lap­i­dated The Hamil­ton Town Ho­tel has lain empty for years

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