Why does Whitbread want to make these improvements?
The hotel currently has 265 bedrooms. It trades at an above average occupancy rate and is one of the most popular Premier Inn hotels in our network due to its prime location near Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras International rail stations.
To continue to meet demand from our customers at this major transport hub – and particularly ahead of the arrival of the new HS2 terminal in Euston – we want to extend our existing hotel to add additional bedrooms and make improvements to our restaurant offer and ground floor facilities.
When would the works take place?
Premier Inn’s extension team has submitted a planning application on the proposals to the London Borough of Camden (planning application ref number 2019/5214/P). We expect that the Council will make a decision on the application in early 2020.
The development can’t proceed until the Council grants planning permission, and feedback can be submitted as part of the planning process.
If planning permission is granted, the construction work will take approximately 65 weeks to complete.
Will I be impacted during construction?
Whitbread is committed to being a good neighbour and will try to minimise disruption as far as possible.
We will work with our neighbours to plan the construction programme and engage with the local community throughout the construction process.
Our appointed contractors will work within the framework of ‘The Guide for Contractors working in Camden’ and the ‘Considerate Constructers Scheme’.
Would the hotel close during construction?
During construction, the hotel would still be open as usual and any disruption to guests will be kept to a minimum. The work on the ground floor will require temporary closure of the in-house restaurant, however breakfast will continue to be available to hotel guests throughout the works.
Will fire escape routes be affected?
All existing fire escape routes would be maintained during construction and following completion of the proposed extension.
Will the rear extension impact access for fire engines to the service yard?
In the event of an emergency, fire vehicles will be able to access and turn around in the service yard, as well as from Euston Road, Duke’s Road and Flaxman Terrace.
Whitbread takes fire safety very seriously. Our proposals have been carefully developed with fire engineers and building regulations approved inspectors to ensure the safety of our neighbours, staff and guests.
Will car parking spaces be lost?
Under the proposals, the number of car parking spaces for Premier Inn guests will be reduced from ten to eight spaces. There will be no permanent impact to those Somerton House residents who have a right to use the car park.