Town centre hotel nearing completion

The Premier Inn on the site of the old police HQ
The Premier Inn on the site of the old police HQ

WIGAN’S newest hotel is just weeks away from opening.

Builders are putting the finishing touches to the Premier Inn which has been built on the former Wigan police station site on Harrogate Street.

The hotel will have 83-bedrooms and is due to open early in April providing approximately 35 new jobs.

A Premier Inns 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.

“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, our Operations Manager Kate Howell is 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.