Work has started on a new 104 bedroom Premier Inn hotel in Northampton town centre.
Based in the town’s Cultural Quarter the hotel with restaurant is being constructed on the former Albion Place temporary car park.
The work will also involve a number of poor quality buildings removed as the hotel takes shape.
The £8 million project is expected to create 50 jobs.
Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Northampton is becoming a destination for visitors. As the Enterprise Zone develops we are seeing more demand for hotel space from business people looking to stay a few nights in our town.
“We regularly see West End quality productions at the Royal & Derngate and can boast regionally important attractions such as 78 Derngate and the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. We also have three professional sports teams that bring people to our town from across Europe.
“With so many reasons to visit we need accommodation, and the new hotel and restaurant in the heart of our Cultural Quarter will be a real attraction to anyone looking to stay in Northampton.”
Work on the new hotel and restaurant will be completed by Reef Estates and open before the end of 2015.