October saw an opportunity for Deepak Chainrai of DC Hotels (Bridgwater) Ltd to welcome representatives from; Bridgwater Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership to the site of the new Mercure Bridgwater Hotel.
The construction team has successfully overcome challenges in 2017, and now the hotel is visibly taking shape and the opening is ever closer.
The visit provided an ideal opportunity for all to see the work and progress behind the construction hoarding. This insight allowed a look behind the scenes of the internal construction activities to understand the processes taking place and the work that is left to be done.
The guests were welcomed on site by Neil Cahill (Clients Project Manager) of Building Construction Solutions (BCS), who ushered the visitors around the ground floor by exemplifying the flow of movement. Beginning with the guest arrival to the lobby area, meeting rooms and then into the relaxed lounge and bar area, which is anticipated to become a new epicentre for business or social meetings, the bar leads into restaurant. The long-awaited The MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant will become a destination restaurant for local food lovers and hotel guests alike, who enjoy a selection of timeless English and French classics, delivered with Marco’s own unique flair.
Next the visitors were led on to the first floor and the first chance to see the structure of the partitions between the different guest rooms as well as the different room layouts that will repeat on the second and third floors. The first floor is also where the team are currently building the sample control bedroom room which is being completely fitted out to include all glazing, air conditioning, bathroom, etc. for Accor Hotel Group to comment and approve the franchised brand ‘Mercure Bridgwater Hotel’. This will be the master trial room on which all other rooms will be replicated.
The next stop was the fourth floor, where they enjoyed the magnificent views from the building’s most spectacular floor. Most of the rooms on this floor have the added luxury of a small terrace balcony enhancing the comfort of the stay for guests staying in these rooms with the views of the local landscape and they were in awe of the views and were quick to share the visit on social media.
Finally, after viewing the grandeur of the fourth floor, the group were taken to the fifth floor and shown where the hotel will have a roof-top gym with modern fitness equipment. They were also allowed to go onto the flat roof for a one chance opportunity to be shown the views of Bridgwater from the roof. Bringing the tour to an end, all guests posed on the roof with their hard hats in the air.
Picture from left, Alan Hurford from Bridgwater Town Council, Claire Pearce head of planning at Sedgemoor Council, Deepak Chainrai of DC Hotels (Bridgwater) Ltd, David Hall Councillor for Eastover, Deputy Leader for Somerset County Council and LEP Board Member, Caroline Derrick – Employment, Skills & Development Manager of Sedgemoor District Council, Helen Lacey Heart of the South West LEP Board Member and Managing Director of Red Berry Recruitment, Oliver from Sedgemoor Council, Neil Cahill Clients Project Manager
Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, which contributed a £4.5m loan to the project from the Growing Places Fund, said:
“I’m pleased to see work progressing well at the new Mercure Hotel in Bridgwater, partly financed by a loan from the Heart of the South West LEP. This modern hotel with an international restaurant chain and commercial units is an important amenity that will boost the local economy and generate new jobs. It’s strategically placed as an asset for the area with the development of the nearby Hinkley Point C.”
Claire Pearce, Group Manager for Strategy and Development at Sedgemoor District Council observed
“I am delighted to see the progress being made on site. The investment in the town centre to establish a 4* hotel and restaurant is a key part of our regeneration plans for Eastover. The team is working closely with the Council to maximise the use of local businesses and labour and we look forward to the opening of the new Bridgwater Mercure in the New Year.”
Alan Hurford from Bridgwater Town Council
“The Bridgwater Town Council are delighted with the progress being made on the new hotel and the prospect of opening early in 2018. They welcome this additional accommodation to the town and all it will bring with it and not least in supporting the regeneration of Eastover.”
Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for the Economy for Somerset County Council and County Councillor for Bridgwater East and Bawdrip, said:
“It’s really pleasing to see this development moving forward with support from the Heart of the South West LEP. It’s will add something new and exciting to the town Bridgwater enhancing what the town has to offer as a destination of choice for tourists and businesses. The works are already impressive and I look forward to visiting the completed hotel in the near future”
Helen Lacey Heart of the South West LEP Board Member and Managing Director of Red Berry Recruitment.
“I was privileged to have a tour of the new 4 star Mercure Hotel, it is amazing to see the level of thought and detail that has gone into the building and how the local industries and Somerset feeling has been considered throughout either the products used or the interior design. This will be a great asset to the town and having the Marco Pierre-White restaurant at the hotel will be a superb addition to the town”
Official pictures by Jeff Searle.