ARCHITECTS and designers have clearly made great progress in achieving what many believed was mission impossible.
Wigan’s large new Premier Inn hotel is now well on the way to a mid-April opening.
And clever use of bright new cladding and classy windows has helped to transform the structural image of what, in its former guise as Wigan’s divisional police station, was unquestionably once regarded as Wigan’s most stark and ugliest building.
The hotel will have 83 bedrooms, and subject to the weather not causing any delays it is hoped that it will open as planned this Easter.
Premier Inns said that the conversion project for the imposing building, in Harrogate Street, hadn’t presented any unforeseen technical problems.
A spokesman said: “We are looking forward to bringing a new Premier Inn to Wigan in April and hope that new jobs the hotel will create as well as the visitors that it will bring, will ensure that the Premier Inn will be a welcome new addition to the town.
“Our team have a great deal of experience when converting former business premises into Premier Inn hotels.
“Many of the hotels we have opened over the last few years have had previous uses, whether they were office buildings, town halls, mills or police stations they have all been successfully converted into Premier Inn hotels.
“Often this provides some of our bedrooms with unusual shapes or sizes, but our customers can still expect everything they have come to know and love about Premier Inn, including our king size beds.”
The company, part of the Whitbread Inns combine, will be holding an official opening, but became coy about whether its public face, comedian Lenny Henry, will perform the honours.
She said: “We will definitely be holding an official opening event, our Operations Manager Kate Howell is looking forward to planning an event to launch the hotel and welcome local people and businesses to see the finished product.”
Premier Inns beat off a rival scheme to transform the ex cop-shop into student flats to win permission to plough ahead with the scheme.
The building work has included a large extension to the rear of the five-storey building.
Premier Inns expects that the project will create approximately 35 new jobs as well as attracting additional business to the area.