Sketch image of the Sandown Premier Inn
Building Sandown’s new Premier Inn is a complex construction and engineering challenge.
Our highly-experienced team is working hard to complete the construction safely, speedily and with care to ensure minimal disruption to our neighbours and to everyone who uses The Esplanade.
Carter Lauren are the principal building contractors for the site and are a long-standing construction partner with Whitbread. They have worked with us to build a wide range of top-quality and successful hotels across the country.
We will be working closely with Carter Lauren at Sandown to ensure we deliver the hotel in a timely and safe way.
LATEST UPDATE - 27 August 2020
I’m pleased to say the construction and fit-out of the new 100-bedroom hotel and restaurant is now complete. Our principal contractor Carter Lauren has done an excellent job of constructing an attractive new hotel and restaurant building that will bring vibrancy and footfall to Sandown Esplanade year-round.
With the building work now finished, I intend to hand over the new Sandown Premier Inn and Cookhouse & Pub restaurant to colleagues in Whitbread’s new openings team. Once I do so in the next few weeks, my colleagues will lead the staffing, training and opening of the new hotel and restaurant.
The task of opening a new Premier Inn hotel and Cookhouse & Pub restaurant is considerable in normal times. Working in a different way under COVID-19 restrictions means the task takes longer as the team work to open the hotel in a socially distanced and safe way. We will also be opening the hotel with Premier Inn’s enhanced hygiene promise, Premier Inn CleanProtect, in place to help guests stay with confidence.
Considering these new ways of working, we plan to hold off opening the new Sandown Premier Inn and Cookhouse & Pub until the end of November. The new hotel and restaurant building will be made secure and managed by an on-site security team until then.
Read more in an open letter from Geoff Cook, who is leading the build for Whitbread, here.