Plans for new hotel and public square revealed

Premier Inn plans for Northampton town centre
Premier Inn plans for Northampton town centre

Drawings showing what a new hotel and public square in Northampton town centre will look like have been revealed.

Plans for the development of a hotel on a car park in Albion Place, close to the Royal & Derngate theatres, were first revealed in 2011.

Hotel chain Premier Inn has now unveiled the first images of the proposed development, showing what the 104-room hotel and a new public square, which will be built next to it, will look like.

Stewart Deering from developers, Reef Estates, said: “This is an exciting proposition for Northampton.

“It will turn an under-used car park into a modern hotel and restaurant and deliver a new public square. It will make Northampton a more vibrant and successful place.”

The development, which is part of plans to improve the town’s ‘cultural quarter’, would see a number of vacant office buildings in the Albion Place car park demolished.

Once it is finished, the hotel will be next to a block of student flats which are currently being built on the former St John’s open air car park.

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “It’s good to see things moving forward for this under-used area of town, which will be at the heart of our developing cultural quarter.”

The creation of the hotel and new student flats will lead to the loss of 255 parking spaces, but the council has claimed the town currently has 1,792 more than are used at the busiest times of the year .

More plans for the new hotel will be put on show at the Guildhall on Wednesday, June 26 from 10am until 1pm.

Representatives from Reef Estates and Premier Inn will be there to answer residents’ questions during the event.

It is hoped development of the new hotel will begin at the end of this year and be completed at the end of 2014.