Construction Firm Wins Hotel Refurbishment Contract

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Construction Firm Wins Hotel Refurbishment Contract

Construction Firm Wins Hotel Refurbishment Contract

A Scarborough-based construction firm has won a ‘high six-figure’ contract to refurbish the interior, exterior and roof of the east coast seaside resort’s Esplanade Hotel, for the Daish Hotel Group.

According to the Yorkshire Post, Infiniti Group, which recently completed three re-roofing contracts for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) office blocks in Grimsby, Leeds, and Norwich, has begun work on the Victorian Esplanade Hotel, which is due to be completed by the end of March 2021.

The project, which will create jobs for between 15 and 20 Infiniti Group employees and sub-contractors throughout the contract, will include re-roofing the five-storey hotel with 15,000 slates, and a full refurbishment of 12 of the 73 bedrooms and bathrooms.

There will also be the installation of a new women’s toilet, external painting of all walls and window woodworks, including more than 200 sash windows and redoing the external walkways.

The Esplanade Hotel was purchased by the Daish Hotel Group in May 2020, becoming the tenth hotel in its portfolio. The holiday firm also owns a fleet of 25 coaches to transport guests from a number of pick up points across the UK, stretching from West Yorkshire to Cornwall.

Alex Willgrass, Infiniti Group director, said: “This is the second high profile hotel refurbishment we have won in Scarborough and follows the conversion of The Mount Hotel into the Bike & Boot Hotel.

“The Esplanade is an amazing building with a wonderful location and will be a fantastic place for us to work.”

He added that the current project and other important works for the DWP have confirmed the business as a leading construction and building service across the North of England.

However, fellow Infiniti Group director, Marcus Rowe explained that there will be many logistical and construction challenges ahead posed by the current lockdown and tiered system, Brexit, and the location of the hotel. He believes that the firm is more than capable of managing the operational impact from the lockdown and maintaining social distancing guidelines.

The company will pre-empt any further COVID-19 lockdowns by buying the majority of the materials it needs to finish the work, while also sourcing additional fully experienced, available, skilled contractors.

Contract manager Sharon Lester agreed that Brexit could potentially be a major issue, as many companies in the UK are facing delays in specialist supplies being imported from mainland Europe, which, for Infiniti Group includes a new 4,000-litre water tank for the Victorian hotel.

“And then there’s the weather – on the highest parts of the hotel exposed to the North Sea our workers and contractors will have to contend with sometimes extreme winter working conditions including very strong winds,” she added.

Infiniti Group’s three DWP contracts, for Mitie Group, the facilities management and professional services company, included a full Sika Liquid Plastics roof system installed at DWP offices in Grimsby, Leeds and Norwich.

Established in 2015, Infiniti Group has a 10,000 sq ft HQ in Scarborough and a 4,000 sq ft depot in Leeds servicing its scaffolding, roofing & construction businesses.

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