Construction work has begun on the new Premier Inn that will be completed in just 38 weeks at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset.

Carter Lauren Construction, lead contractor for the three-story 100-bedroom hotel, has commenced groundworks on a prime road frontage plot near the entrance to the 100-acre site, beside Junction 24 of the M5.

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, which is being marketed by Colliers International, said: “It is less than a year since groundworks began on the infrastructure at Bridgwater Gateway, and now machinery is in action on site again for the groundworks for a new Premier Inn.

“This work vividly illustrates the fast-track delivery of cutting-edge new commercial buildings that will happening at Bridgwater Gateway.”

Premier Inn, the UK’s largest hotel brand, will formally open the new hotel at Bridgwater in the summer 2019 and create 32 year-round jobs.

It will be one of two hotels at Bridgwater Gateway, which will also feature industrial design and build opportunities from 10,000 sq ft to 300,000 sq ft, and office space from 5,000 sq ft to 32,000 sq ft.

Neil Carter, managing director of Cardiff-based Carter Lauren Construction, said: “Fast-track delivery is a speciality of Carter Lauren construction, and we’re looking forward to ensuring fast-track delivery of a 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Bridgwater Gateway, with a construction period of 38 weeks.”

“We have already completed a number of major construction projects around the UK within a tight timescale – including hotels for Premier Inn – and we are looking forward to delivering on time and on budget at Bridgwater Gateway.”

Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales at Colliers International, commercial property agent for the scheme, said: “The speed of delivery offered at Bridgwater Gateway will be a huge attraction for businesses which are seeking the benefits of new-build premises, but want to be able to move in as quickly as possible.”

PHOTO: Left to right - Simon Taylor, contracts manager, Carter Lauren Construction; Tim Luke, senior quantity surveyor at Carter Lauren Construction; Geoff Revell, Asset Manager, Bridgwater Gateway; Phil Wade, Development Manager, Bridgwater Gateway.