Premier Inn Hotel Westferry, Canary Wharf accommodation photos, Isle of Dogs London, Simpson Haugh Architects
Premier Inn Hotel Westferry at Canary Wharf
4 November 2021
Design: Simpson Haugh architects
Location: Westferry, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, south east England, UK
UK’s tallest Premier Inn officially tops out
Rockwell and Whitbread celebrate milestone for 400-bedroom hotel at Westferry, London.
Premier Inn Hotel Westferry Building
Leading London-based property developer, Rockwell, together with Whitbread, has celebrated a landmark moment as the UK’s tallest Premier Inn hotel officially topped out.
Located adjacent to Westferry DLR station, the £151m project, comprising a 400-bedroom hotel and 68 new homes, will now mark Westferry as a destination in its own right, rejuvenating a formerly derelict site into a high quality mixed-use scheme just moments from Canary Wharf.
Designed by world-renowned architects, Simpson Haugh, and constructed by John Sisk & Son, the 30-storey mixed-use scheme, which is set for completion in Q3 2022, will also include a restaurant, café, gym facilities and a landscaped pocket park, alongside communal gardens for new residents.
The creation of new jobs has been fundamental throughout; in the early stages of the development, Rockwell partnered with the London Training Centre to deliver hospitality skills training and qualifications to residents of Tower Hamlets. Rockwell’s first 30 graduates, all women from the Westferry area, have now found employment having completed an intensive two-month training programme and gaining Level 2 qualifications in a range of different skillsets.
Upon completion, the development will create many more hotel and hospitality job opportunities for individuals living in Tower Hamlets and many more graduates from developer Rockwell’s Hospitality Skills Programme.
Despite initial setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the construction of this development has continued on schedule whilst being respectful of the UK Government’s guidance and social distancing measures.
Donal Mulryan, Founder of Rockwell commented: “This is a pivotal moment for the development and for Rockwell. I am immensely proud of the entire project team who have come together to deliver this outstanding development on time despite difficulties faced through multiple lockdowns.
“As we near completion, our Hospitality Skills Programme will also enable local residents to gain the necessary skills and qualifications required to provide them with the best possible chance of securing employment through opportunities being created at Westferry. Delivering significant employment opportunities is a vital part of the positive legacy the development will leave on the area, especially as we move into post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Louise Woodruff, Property Acquisitions Manager, for Whitbread said: “For my generation skyline views were reserved for boutique and top-end hotels. We’re changing that at Westferry with a 28-storey Premier Inn that will offer our customers panoramic views over London at an affordable price as well as immediate access to one of London’s top business and leisure destinations. The hotel is a landmark development for Whitbread and we’re looking forward to fitting out the building with our latest format rooms and delivering long-term economic benefits to Westferry.”
At 400 bedrooms, Premier Inn Westferry will be the largest Premier Inn hotel in Greater London (excluding airport sites) and will feature 80 of Premier Inn’s enhanced Premier Plus bedrooms.
John Sisk & Son is the contractor for the development which is scheduled for completion in mid 2022.
Paul Brown, COO for the UK and Civils, and recently appointed CEO designate, said: “This is a key milestone in the project’s delivery, and it’s a credit to the whole project team who have overcome the challenges of the pandemic to get us here. It’s amazing to see the skyline of London being transformed as we deliver another exemplar project in the Capital.
“I am immensely proud of the project team for this achievement. It took talent, dedication, and hard work to get to where we are on this building. It’s a privilege to be a part of this project, and I look forward to its future milestones to come.”
Rockwell is an agile, informed and decisive property developer with a proven track record of delivering quality development projects across the UK. Founded in 2015 by Donal Mulryan, this fast-moving and adaptable development business has already made a significant market impact, as evidenced by Rockwell’s high-profile investment partnerships, enabling the company to react quickly to new development opportunities.
The company’s expertise spans four major pillars: land acquisitions, planning, development management and construction. Rockwell is actively seeking large development sites in Greater London, prioritising those with untapped potential to transform entire neighbourhoods through innovative urban design and delivery.
Whitbread PLC is the owner of the UK’s favourite hotel chain, Premier Inn with over 800 hotels comprising over 78,000 rooms and restaurant brands including Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Bar + Block, Whitbread Inns and Cookhouse + Pub.
This financial year Whitbread is on track to open approximately 3,000 new Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn bedrooms across the UK and Ireland. Notable openings in Central London during the year include a 110-bedroom hub by Premier Inn in Soho (Berwick St) and 258-bedroom hub by Premier Inn in Shoreditch (Quaker St).
Outside of the UK, Whitbread’s expansion plans are focused on Germany and Ireland. Whitbread has an open and committed pipeline of 13,000 hotel rooms across 71 hotels in Germany, with a line of sight to around 60,000 rooms, as it works to grow Premier Inn into the number one budget hotel operator in the country.
Whitbread’s sustainability strategy, ‘Force for Good’, is focused on helping the company’s customers, team members and suppliers to live and work well. The strategy is grouped into three key pillars of Opportunity, Community and Responsibility with long-term strategic commitments set for each. Click here for more information on the Force for Good strategy and how we measure and report against our objectives.
John Sisk & Son is an innovative, international, construction and engineering business with long-term vision and over 160 years in operation. Delivering excellence in the UK for almost 40 years with a proud record of leadership in the construction industry in Ireland and €1.5bn annual turnover, we have the track record, scale and capacity to successfully undertake large, complex, multidisciplinary programmes. Sisk is recognised by global clients as world leaders in safe delivery.
Sisk delivers projects and programmes in key sectors such as Commercial, Residential, Data and Technology, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Transportation, Healthcare, Retail, Industrial, Leisure, Education and Energy.
Sisk offers a life-cycle approach to construction from planning and offsite construction methods, through delivering a project safely and sustainably with technology as a key enabler, and then working with clients to help manage and maintain buildings efficiently throughout their lifespan.
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Location: Westferry, Canary Wharf, London, England, United Kingdom
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