New business-class hotel takes shape

Construction of a new business-class hotel in Basingstoke’s central business district is expected to complete in January.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Leader Cllr Ken Rhatigan and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Property Cllr John Izett visited the Village Hotel site at Basing View to catch up on its progress.

Since October, contractor Willmott Dixon has been working to build the new 153-bedroom hotel, with leisure club, co-working space, restaurant, bar and a coffee shop which is due to be completed by the end of January 2020.

The £20 million investment by Village Hotels will bring with it over 130 construction jobs, a further 200 jobs in the construction supply chain and over 100 permanent jobs when it opens.

A total of 36 apprenticeship weeks and more than 126 work experience hours have already been completed during the construction period.

During their visit, Cllr Izett and Cllr Rhatigan also heard how Willmott Dixon is aiming to reduce the facility’s carbon emissions using technology such as air source heat pumps, heat recovery systems and LED lighting throughout the building.

Cllr Izett said: “We were impressed with the progress made in building the new Village hotel and it is already a stunning new addition to the Basing View skyline. The hotel will be a fantastic new facility for the staff and customers of the growing number of businesses based in and around Basing View and is another important step in our regeneration of Basing View in association with the Local Enterprise Partnership and other partners.”

Richard Poulter, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the Central South said: “We are delighted to be delivering the new Village Hotel and are committed to leaving a lasting positive legacy for the community of Basingstoke. The new hotel will not only be a fantastic new facility for its customers but also creates jobs and opportunities for the wider community.”
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