Milestone reached as new Lichfield hotel prepares for autumn opening

Guests have been given a first glimpse of Lichfield’s new hotel.

Richard Smith, Cllr David Leytham, Jan Leytham and Mark Greasby outside the new Premier Inn in Lichfield. Pic: Paul Pickard

Richard Smith, Cllr David Leytham, Jan Leytham and Mark Greasby outside the new Premier Inn in Lichfield. Pic: Paul Pickard

The roof and exterior of the 79-bed Premier Inn at The Friary has been completed. To mark the milestone, some of those behind the £14million redevelopment paid a visit to see the progress for themselves ahead of an expected opening in the autumn.

John Bates, head of acquisitions for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants for the UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted with the progress being made.

“The new hotel represents a significant £4.3m investment and will provide 25 new jobs in the local area.

“We are excited to be part of this important development for Lichfield.”

The Friary scheme has already seent he opening of a new multi-storey car park, supported homes for elderly residents, apartments and public toilets.

Councillor David Leytham, chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “The mixed use development of The Friary has been a great success, providing housing, parking and public amenities close to the heart of the city centre.

“Tourism plays a vital role in Lichfield’s economy and it is great that we have been able to attract a brand leading operator to the city. The 79 extra hotel beds and a new restaurant at The Friary will create new jobs for Lichfield and are a welcome addition to the city.”

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