Published Thursday 5 November 2015 at 16:10
Blackburn’s new development Cathedral Quarter has seen the opening of its new 60 bedroomed hotel.
The £3 million development at the heart of the new area has a restaurant with space for 57 guests.
Already the £3 million development has bookings for more than half the rooms and already£30,000 of booking for the coming year already taken.
A group from the neighbouring Blackburn Cathedral, led by Dean Christopher Armstrong, joined the company staff for a special dinner.
Julia Marshall, the 42-year-old new opening’s manager responsible for its first days, said:
Opening a new hotel is a real thrill.
We managed to open early because the handover from Eric Wright Construction went so well.
The hotel employs 60 staff with four transferred from elsewhere in the chain and the other 26, including five teenagers not in education or training, recruited locally.
Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration boss Phil Riley, said:
To deliver a hotel of this size ahead of time and secure £30,000 of booking for the year ahead is a remarkable achievement.
It suggests that the faith of those behind the new Cathedral Quarter development is going to prove well-founded.