AN architect has secured a number of refurbishment projects with a national hotel chain following a successful re-development project closer to home.
Howarth Litchfield will help refurbish bedrooms, function suites and public areas in seven Holiday Inn hotels across the Midlands and the South of England.
The contracts come after Howarth Litchfield completed the re-development of Shire Hall, in Durham City, into a four-star hotel for Hotel Indigo, which is part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group portfolio, alongside Holiday Inn.
Work on the hotels is expected to begin this month and be completed by early next year.
Dave Pickersgill, Howarth Litchfield director, said he believes the firm’s existing knowledge of the hotel buildings, combined with its growing reputation in the leisure sector, made it a strong contender to undertake the work.
He said: “We have acquired a great deal of experience over the years on leisure sector projects such as this and fully understand the economic drivers when faced with a multi-site design brief.
“This usually means that a fair amount of value engineering is required when working to a fixed budget across seven sites simultaneously.”
The company, based in Durham City, earlier this year revealed it had picked up a deal to drive forward an £8.4m office park development for a local authority.
The business has been appointed by Chorley Council to provide technical support on a Lancashire hub it says has the potential to create 5,000sq metres of space for small businesses.