The changing face of our seafront... Work starts at Premier Inn hotel and gym plan for Southend arcade

Under way – workmen laying foundations for the Premier Inn, on the old gasworks site

Under way – workmen laying foundations for the Premier Inn, on the old gasworks site

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WORK has started on a 81- bedroom budget hotel, bar and restaurant on a key Southend seafront site.

Premier Inn hopes to be ready to open on the former gasworks site, in Eastern Esplanade, next winter, creating 65 jobs and regenerating a longderelict site.

John Bates, head of acquisitions for Premier Inn owner Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “Our contractor, Carter Lauren, has started on site on our Premier Inn and a 190-cover Brewers Fayre restaurant in Southend, regenerating the former derelict Esplanade House.

“Once completed, the hotel will help revitalise the seafront, driving significant investment and creating 65 jobs.”

The high-profile site has been a wasteland since the gasworks were demolished.

Behind blue hoardings, workmen have now started laying the foundations for the hotel.

The part four and part fivestorey building will be Premier Inn’s second seafront hotel.

It already runs the Halfway House. The new hotel will have a 69-space car park and a Brewers Fayre restaurant on the ground floor.

The derelict former Esplanade House office block has now been removed from the neighbouring site, where the Robert Leonard Group has outline planning permission for another 64-bedroom hotel, four blocks of flats and some starter homes.

Robert Leonard Group managing director Perry Gamon said yesterday progress was being made on developing the Esplanade House site.

John Lamb, Southend Council’s deputy leader, welcomed news of progress on the Premier Inn site.

He said: “It’s great news work on the Premier Inn has started.

“It’s good to see the cranes and so on and the materials starting to go in.

“It shows the confidence in the regeneration of our town and the investment being put into it to drive it forward and attract more investment.

“The word is getting out that Southend is open for business and it’s a good place to invest.”

Echo:

Bid to convert arcade

AN old-established, but flagging seafront amusement arcade could soon close and be turned into a gym.

Daniel Burzotta, a member of the family which owns Italian restaurant Il Pescatore, in Queens Road, Southend, has applied for permission to convert the Wonderland arcade, in Eastern Esplanade, into a gym.

A statement submitted with the planning application says: “Over the years, Wonderland has become less and less popular as more modern, fashionable and exciting arcades developed along Marine Parade.

“This site is outside the established arcade area and has become less used.

“The cafe has remained open and attracted far more visitors than the arcade.”

The arcade, which is owned by the neighbouring Pearl Dragon Chinese restaurant, usually only opens from Easter until November.

However, it is said to be popular with computer games fans, drawn by its collection of classic video games, such as Street Fighter.

Southend Council is expected to rule on the application within the next two months.

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8:56am Fri 23 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

I can't say that I find all of the changes on the seafront over the last 20yrs or more, to be a big improvement.
Rather than making it a pleasant place to visit, it is all about attracting day trippers and children, and getting as much money out of them as possible.
I can't say that I find all of the changes on the seafront over the last 20yrs or more, to be a big improvement. Rather than making it a pleasant place to visit, it is all about attracting day trippers and children, and getting as much money out of them as possible. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 2

8:58am Fri 23 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
I can't say that I find all of the changes on the seafront over the last 20yrs or more, to be a big improvement.
Rather than making it a pleasant place to visit, it is all about attracting day trippers and children, and getting as much money out of them as possible.
Exactly. It is catering the day trippers, not locals.
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: I can't say that I find all of the changes on the seafront over the last 20yrs or more, to be a big improvement. Rather than making it a pleasant place to visit, it is all about attracting day trippers and children, and getting as much money out of them as possible.[/p][/quote]Exactly. It is catering the day trippers, not locals. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 9

7:22pm Fri 23 May 14

the25man says...

Wonderland was once the place for the locals but after Nobles very few of the changes have taken off with the exception of Bobby Jo's
Wonderland was once the place for the locals but after Nobles very few of the changes have taken off with the exception of Bobby Jo's the25man
  • Score: 7

10:58pm Fri 23 May 14

FlintstoneFredFlintstone007 says...

# I've heard that the Council are going to erect a 50 foot high statue of a Traffic Warden ticketing a car , all nicely lit by neon lights. But they are planning on putting it on the central reservation opp The Amusement Arcades , so the "shared space" will all have to be ripped up and replaced by two lanes going one way / central reservation / two lanes going the other way . All carriageways will be limited to 50 mph but still deemed to be Shared Space as the Council do not foresee any danger . The big black gobstoppers will be left in situ for pedestrains to sit on whilst waiting for a gap in the traffic. Once again, the Council do not foresee any danger with this . Palm trees will be chopped down . And replaced with more authentic looking plastic ones, complete with plastic parrots / monkeys.
The pointy crashelmet brigade will be provided with air horns , so when they whoosh past pedestrians crossing the Green Lanes ( exceeding the speed limit ) they can terrify them even more . Are you reading between the lines UKIP Councillors ? ? Don't give people what you think they should have . Give them what they ask for , pay for & need . Learn from the mistakes of ALL your predecessors, regardless of Rosette colour . Change has to start somewhere.
# I've heard that the Council are going to erect a 50 foot high statue of a Traffic Warden ticketing a car , all nicely lit by neon lights. But they are planning on putting it on the central reservation opp The Amusement Arcades , so the "shared space" will all have to be ripped up and replaced by two lanes going one way / central reservation / two lanes going the other way . All carriageways will be limited to 50 mph but still deemed to be Shared Space as the Council do not foresee any danger . The big black gobstoppers will be left in situ for pedestrains to sit on whilst waiting for a gap in the traffic. Once again, the Council do not foresee any danger with this . Palm trees will be chopped down . And replaced with more authentic looking plastic ones, complete with plastic parrots / monkeys. The pointy crashelmet brigade will be provided with air horns , so when they whoosh past pedestrians crossing the Green Lanes ( exceeding the speed limit ) they can terrify them even more . Are you reading between the lines UKIP Councillors ? ? Don't give people what you think they should have . Give them what they ask for , pay for & need . Learn from the mistakes of ALL your predecessors, regardless of Rosette colour . Change has to start somewhere. FlintstoneFredFlintstone007
  • Score: 5

6:15am Sat 24 May 14

rodgdodge says...

I used to go there back in the early nineties, several mature ladies used to run it. Always had a laugh and served tasty snacks at the bar counter. Loved the ` old school` games as well. Also the cheapest place for a game of pool.
I used to go there back in the early nineties, several mature ladies used to run it. Always had a laugh and served tasty snacks at the bar counter. Loved the ` old school` games as well. Also the cheapest place for a game of pool. rodgdodge
  • Score: 4

10:48am Sat 24 May 14

Robin Reliant says...

81 budget rooms and a 190 cover Restaurant = 69 car parking spots.
81 budget rooms and a 190 cover Restaurant = 69 car parking spots. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 3

1:25pm Sat 24 May 14

FlintstoneFredFlintstone007 says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
81 budget rooms and a 190 cover Restaurant = 69 car parking spots.
....and lots more SBC parking meters on order ....
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: 81 budget rooms and a 190 cover Restaurant = 69 car parking spots.[/p][/quote]....and lots more SBC parking meters on order .... FlintstoneFredFlintstone007
  • Score: 1

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