A luxury apartment-hotel aimed at Rolls-Royce executives is to be built on the site of the former Allenton police station.
Darley Abbey-based hotel operator The Birchover Residences will be opening its latest apartment-hotel in Merrill Way, just a short distance from the engineering giant’s civil aerospace headquarters.
It will be built on land at the junction with the A514 Chellaston Road that was formerly occupied by the old community police station, which has since been demolished.
Apartment-hotels differ from conventional hotels. They are serviced apartment complexes, that use a hotel-style booking system and offer some hotel services.
People can rent an apartment but with no fixed contracts and occupants can check-out whenever they wish.
The apartment-hotel at Allenton, which will be known as Birchover Merrill Way, will comprise nine one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments with a staff and laundry room.
Birchover, which has other apartment-hotels in Derby and Nottingham, said it had chosen the location for its latest venture because of its proximity to Rolls-Royce.
Managing director Kieran Howell said: “We have a fantastic long-standing relationship with Rolls-Royce and their supply chain.
The apartment-hotel will be built on the site of the former community police station in Allenton
“Their guests love to stay with us even though some of our other Derby apartment-hotels are in the city centre and the northern side of Derby. For a long time we have looked for a site in the south of the city.
“I personally live in Chellaston and know how keen Rolls-Royce employees are to stay in this area.
“We have a huge number of visitors from the UK but also Spain, India, Singapore, Brazil and especially China, who spend periods of time at the International Learning Centre on Wilmore Road, just around the corner.
“Several divisions of Rolls-Royce and companies in their supply chain have asked if we can open a hotel nearby. Our Merrill Way apartments will fulfil that need”.
The apartments are likely to prove popular with executives from nearby Rolls-Royce
The new apartment-hotel will be built by Stanton Developments, based at Melbourne, which bought the site in 2015 and successfully applied for planning permission in December last year.
The building itself, work on which is due to start in 2018, has been designed by Derby architects Lathams.
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Andrew Turner, from Stanton Developments, said: “We are proud to be developing this brownfield site through a significant investment in a specifically-designed residential scheme for the expanding serviced apartment market in Derby.
“Since acquiring the site from Derbyshire Police and securing planning approval with Lathams for an imaginative and contemporary building, we immediately identified Birchover as an ideal development partner due to their experience, knowledge and understanding of the local serviced apartment market.
“We firmly believe that a quality apartment hotel in this location, which helps enhance and regenerate the residential neighbourhood, will thrive from the substantial investment in commercial and industrial activity surrounding the Rolls-Royce campus”.
Source: Derby Telegraph