Located in Southampton, Gatwick, Farnborough, Coventry, Leicester, High Wycombe and Reading, the hotels require a range of refurbishment work in three main areas – bedrooms and bathrooms, function suites and meeting areas – known as Academy areas – and open lobby refurbishments, which relate to reception, dining and lounge areas.
Although these are new instructions, Howarth Litchfield has worked on a number of the hotels in the past when they were under different ownership. However, it was the firm’s recent appointment on a project much closer to home – the redevelopment of Shire Hall in Durham City to create a four star hotel for Hotel Indigo, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) portfolio – which proved influential in helping to clinch the Holiday Inn work, which also operates under the IHG brand.
Predominantly appointed to undertake interior design, refurbishment work on the hotels will be undertaken in three phases and prioritised to suit the needs of the client with sample rooms for all hotels due for IHG sign off in July before roll out commences in November.
Howarth Litchfield is now working on finalising details for the bedroom tenders in readiness for appointing contractors to undertake the refurbishment work. These will be followed by the open lobby and academy tenders with work on site due to commence in November for completion in January.