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Jobs boost for Uxbridge as work to begin on hotel and restaurant

Up to 130 jobs will be created at the Riverside Way development.

Construction of a new hotel, restaurant and industrial unit in Uxbridge will begin before Christmas.

The Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater Grill restaurant will create 60 jobs when they open in Riverside Way in June 2015.

Developer SEGRO says between 35 and 70 more positions will open up at the 26,700 sq ft industrial unit, depending on which business occupies it.

Alan Holland, the company's business unit director for Greater London, said: “We’re proud of the contribution that Riverside Way is going to make to Hillingdon, boosting employment and training opportunities for residents and further supporting the local economy.”

SEGRO aims for half of the positions at the 80-bed hotel and the restaurant, which are being built for hospitality firm Whitbread, to be filled by unemployed Hillingdon residents.

Working with Hillingdon Council, Uxbridge College and Job Centre Plus, the firm has also developed a trainee scheme for its employees.

Councillor Douglas Mills, cabinet member for community, commerce and regeneration, said: "We've been listening to our local business community and identified an opportunity to work with SEGRO to redevelop the Riverside Way site to provide a much needed hotel and restaurant.

"Not only will this new development meet the needs of local businesses in Hillingdon but residents will also benefit from the employment and training opportunities that the hotel will provide.

"We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project and look forward to seeing the positive contribution it will make to the community."

The four-acre site sits on an island between arms of the River Colne, off St John’s Road. It borders a nature reserve and used to house the Bell Punch bus ticket machine company.

Planning permission for the development was granted with conditions for preserving the surrounding green spaces.

The development will involve landscaping and will incorporate renewable energy and zero carbon technologies.

Preparation work has already begun.

Jonathan Langdon, acquisitions manager for Premier Inn, said: “We are delighted work has started on site on our new 80-bedroom Premier Inn in Uxbridge. The Premier Inn will be a great addition to the scheme – creating 60 new year-round jobs and helping to attract new business and leisure visitors to the local area.”

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