Thurso Premier Inn work to start in early summer
WORK on Thurso’s new Premier Inn is expected to start in the early summer, according to the site owner.
Fred Berman, director of Pentland Property Ltd, which bought the former mart in Ormlie Road from London and Scottish Investments last year, outlined the timescale at a meeting with community representatives.
He said the building of the Premier Inn will be the first phase of the development at the site which is adjacent to the town’s railway station.
Mr Berman confirmed the work is due to start in the early summer following negotiations with construction firms. It is expected to be completed within a year.
During his visit, Mr Berman met with local Highland councillors and and officers, Thurso Community Council, Thurso High School Parent Teacher Association, North Highland College and Thurso Community Development Trust.
Discussionsfocused on their aspirations for the remaining seven acres of the nine-acre site.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Berman said: “We were greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm and support there is locally for the first phase of this prominent site’s development. Work is set to begin soon on the Premier Inn and we are looking at complementary uses for the rest of the site.
“Caithness has so much to offer and Thurso is in a prime position to benefit greatly from increased tourist demand as a result of the North Coast 500. The community representatives that we met are all keen to support a positive renewal of this area of Thurso and we will be keen to seek to achieve further tenants and facilities for this site. We are keen to work in partnership to realise the full potential of Thurso, which is such a great destination.”
Premier Inn received its alcohol licence earlier this month.
The plan was opposed by some local businesses as it was claimed it would impact on the town centre, but it was backed by many organisations and individuals who said it would bring investment to the area and tidy up an eyesore site.