Work has started on the construction of a new 40-bedroomed hotel in Northumberland.
The development in Blyth has reached a major milestone where work has now begun by Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd, following a ground breaking ceremony on the site along Blyth’s Quay Road.
The Commissioners Quay Inn will be built by Arch, and operated by hospitality and leisure specialists, The Inn Collection Group.
Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The Commissioners Quay Inn is scheduled to open in June 2016 and we anticipate the inn will be a hugely popular place for people to stay when the Tall Ships arrive in Blyth next August.
“It will be perfectly positioned for viewing the world-class spectacle and guests can expect to enjoy some fantastic views of the Northumberland coastline too.
“There is a real shortage of accommodation of this nature in Blyth and The Commissioners Quay Inn will fulfil this current gap in the market offering much-need accommodation to visitors so they extend their stay in the town, fuelling more trade for local businesses.
“In both the short and long term, the new development will give a boost to Blyth’s economy, both from the building jobs created during construction and the 35 permanent, full time positions the inn will generate.”
The next stage in the development is 49 sustainable, low-energy homes, which will add the residential component to the scheme.