Budget hotel chain Premier Inn plans to build “Britain’s first floating budget hotel”.
The new “floatel”, due to be built next year, will be connected to the existing Hartlepool Marina Premier Inn and will have 54 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, TVs and internet access.
With a lack of viable building land, the floating hotel option is an answer to growing demand in the Hartlepool Marina area.
Premier Inn’s property director, Mark Anderson, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to ensure we have great hotels, wherever they’re needed.”
To avoid inflicting sea sickness on the guests, the hotel is designed to float vertically with the tide, while the horizontal movement will be restricted by piles driven into the marina.
Report by Sara Turner