Pre­mier Inn is due to open in 2018

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PRE­MIER Inn’s new ho­tel in Oban is ex­pected to cre­ate 25 new jobs and open in spring 2018 – if it can se­cure per­mis­sion from Net­work Rail to work close to the train sta­tion.

In May, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil ap­proved a plan to build an 81-bed­room Pre­mier Inn in Oban, by de­mol­ish­ing the dis­used bowl­ing al­ley at 56 Shore Street.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted by the ho­tel brand’s owner Whit­bread PLC, il­lus- trated a four-storey build­ing of con­tem­po­rary de­sign, with a res­tau­rant and bar seat­ing 80, and with 90 car park spa­ces on the 0.88-acre site.

Kevin Mur­ray, head of ac­qui­si­tions for Pre­mier Inn in Scot­land, said: ‘ We’re work­ing hard to fi­nalise the last de­tails on the site be­fore we can press ahead with our in­vest­ment and plans to open a new Pre­mier Inn in Oban.

‘As soon as we have com­pleted dis­cus­sions with Net­work Rail, we will be look­ing to start the de­mo­li­tion and prepara­tory work on the site which will pave the way for a new Pre­mier Inn, around £7 mil­lion of in­vest­ment and 25 new jobs in the ho­tel.

‘We want to get go­ing and hope to start as soon as pos­si­ble.’

A spokesper­son added: ‘Be­cause the re­gen­er­a­tion site is close to the sta­tion, we need to se­cure spe­cific per­mis­sion from Net­work Rail to work so close to the sta­tion when we are do­ing the de­mo­li­tion.

‘ We can­not be spe­cific on the timetable un­til we have fi­nalised the per­mis­sion with Net­work Rail.

‘We had hoped to be in a po­si­tion where we could do the de­mo­li­tion work be­fore Christ­mas but we are go­ing to be a bit later be­cause of the time taken to fi­nalise mat­ters with Net­work Rail.

‘Our tar­get date for open­ing the new ho­tel is spring 2018.’

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