Building work on the new Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth has been completed.
The new hotel, on Quay Road, will be open to the public from 4pm on July 15.
It has 40 bedrooms across three floors providing sea views, while a ground-floor bar and eating area overlooking the river will provide covers for up to 265 diners inside, with a further 100 covers outside.
The project was developed by Arch, which has been established by Northumberland County Council as an arms-length development company to drive economic development in the county.
It will be operated by the Inn Collection Group (ICG), which has an expanding portfolio of inns, with rooms across the North East.
The development is the second phase of Arch’s investment at Commissioners Quay, adding a further £5million after the opening of Blyth Workspace last year and with a new housing scheme planned later this year.
Coun Dave Ledger, Arch chairman and county council deputy leader, said: “We are delighted to have worked with a leisure operator of the ICG’s calibre to provide Blyth with this much-needed new accommodation provision in a prime regeneration location.
“Today’s completion of the building marks Northumberland County Councils investment programme in Blyth to boost the area’s economic and tourism capacity. As well as creating jobs, visitors bring vital added spend into the local economy, so this announcement is good news all around.”
The Commissioners Quay Inn will operate on the ICG model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales and homemade pub fare served all day, 365 days a year.
ICG chief executive Keith Liddell said: “This is a pinnacle moment for us and a very proud day for Blyth. The Commissioners Quay Inn is a true legacy for the town and will be a mainstay place to eat and drink for people living here and the surrounding areas.
“The addition of The Commissioners Quay Inn to Blyth fills a gap in the market for much-needed tourist and corporate accommodation and will help draw in vital visitor spend.
“But just as importantly The Commissioners Quay Inn will provide the community here with an exciting new place to eat, dine and meet with their family, friends and colleagues in a location that is absolutely unique.
“The inn certainly is a jewel in the crown for The Inn Collection Group. We are looking forward to opening our doors on July 15 and welcoming people in from the town to share this with us.”
The four-storey building, built by Bowmer and Kirkland Limited, has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade, and to provide an improvement to the quayside area.
It is constructed in a high-quality red brick with elements of render and timber linked to the maritime surroundings. Ground-source heat pumps are used partly to supply hot water. The new inn’s has been designed to be in keeping with Blyth’s reputation as an alternative energy pioneer.