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Seven-storey easyHotel planned for Chester city centre site

easyHotel is planning to expand its North West presence with the development of a new Chester city centre hotel.

Work on the 109-bed purpose designed building is expected to start later this year and follows the chain’s openings in Manchester and Liverpool.

Yesterday (12 April) easyHotel plc announced to the stock market that it has agreed to acquire the freehold of a Forest Street site in Chester’s historic centre.

According to the statement, the proposed seven-storey hotel will be delivered to the operator as a turnkey development and the total acquisition and construction is expected to cost around £7 million.

Craigleith Property Group is planning to develop the building on the brownfield site, which has an existing planning application for a hotel, and completion is slated for early 2020.

John Kennedy, chairman of Craigleith, says: “This is a great site in a vibrant city where we have seen increasing demand for visitor accommodation.”

easyHotel CEO Guy Parsons adds: “Chester is well known for its Roman heritage and local leisure attractions and boasts a unique shopping experience thanks to its cobbled streets and famous medieval galleries.

“We are delighted to have secured this central site in such a popular city and look forward to bringing the super budget easyHotel experience to Chester.”

Axiom Architects has designed the hotel, with Lichfields advising on planning, WSP providing engineering services and Dooley Associates working as quantity surveyors.

The transaction is said to take easyHotel’s pipeline of owned and leased development projects to 1,150 rooms, in addition to 1,857 franchise rooms currently under development.