Jurys Inn announces £12.1m extension for Islington site

Mid-scale hotel chain Jurys Inn is planning to invest £12.1 million in extending its flagship property in Islington, London.

The site, which was actually the firm's first London hotel, will see 143 new bedrooms added to bring its total up to 372, while a new conference centre will be unveiled on the ground floor. The new group space will consist of seven new meeting rooms, the largest of which will have space for 90 individuals. Other new additions include a new gym, a remodeled lobby, restaurant and bar area, and a new Costa Coffee bar. The Pentonville Road hotel will see it's extension carried out over a year-long project.

Jurys Inn’s chief executive John Brennan said: “We are delighted to be ‘breaking ground’ on this fantastic project. Jurys Inn Islington will showcase a new direction for the group in terms of design and style, presenting a contemporary interior and sophisticated atmosphere whilst continuing to offer affordable accommodation and a warm and friendly service for our guests."

This is not the first refurbishment scheme for the company. The company injected £1 million in giving over 1,005 bedrooms and public areas across its 32-site portfolio a full revamp in 2012. In total, Jurys Inn has put aside £25 million to spend on various different projects up to the end of 2014, as part of a nationwide refurbishment programme and a rollout of new IT systems, in order to enhance customer service. It is hoped that further hospitality jobs will be created through the scheme.

The extension will be delivered by McAleer and Rushe. Construction is scheduled to begin this month (September 2013), with the 51-week project due to be completed in September 2014.

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