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Work to build the Isle of Wight’s latest Premier Inn hotel continues, but the opening has been pushed back from Spring to Summer 2020.

The frame of the 100-bed hotel on Sandown Esplanade has now been completed and temporary weatherproofing has been introduced to allow the internal fit-out of the hotel rooms and corridors. Water and electric supplies have been installed and the installation of both mechanical and electrical systems on all the upper floors is now underway.

Contractors are starting from the top and working their way down, with the ground floor currently being used as a delivery and loading hub. Work on this level will commence in February.

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The on-site crane is expected to be removed in March.

Until now it was hoped that the hotel and restaurant would open in Spring 2020, but the current programme of works targets completion by Summer 2020.

It was back in December 2015 that Island Echo exclusively reported that the Carlton Hotel would be demolished to make way for a third Premier Inn on the Isle of Wight. Planning permission for the scheme was granted in late 2016 and demolition of the former Carlton Hotel took place in 2017 and early 2018. At one point it was hoped that the hotel would open in 2017.

Geoff Cook, Senior Project and Programme Manager, has said:

“Despite recent challenging weather conditions, we’re pleased to be making steady progress with the construction of Premier Inn Sandown.

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“Construction of the building’s frame has been completed and we’re now moving onto weatherproofing the building, installing mechanical and electrical systems and beginning the internal fit-out of the hotel.

“We’re currently on course to complete construction and open our doors to the new hotel and restaurant in summer 2020.”

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Mark Dunsford

Hate to think what the Premier Inn guys make of this week’s weather if they think the mild autumn and winter we’ve has so far is “challenging”.

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