Construction and Opening in Jan 2009
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The first hotel to be build in Birchwood opened its doors for business on Monday 19th January 2009. Part of the Ramada Encore chain of hotels, the 103 bedroom Ramada Encore Warrington is situated just inside MEPC's Birchwood Park estate next to Birchwood Way, by the roundabout with the Connections Sculpture. The names of its two conference rooms The Woodland and Mossland Rooms were chosen in a competition.
This page records various stages during the construction of the hotel, right up to the day before the hotel opened for business on 19th January.
The Hotel on 18th January 2009
The Hotel on 11th January 2009
Views from the Hotel on 18th January
It was built on part of the site of the old UKAEA RD4 building that was demolished in 2004. The former building was originally constructed as part of the Royal Ordnance Factory in about 1939-40. Pictures of its demolition can be found on the website run by former students of the UKAEA Risley Apprentice Training School >>>here (external link, opens in new browser window).
It was also great to be sent some photos by Catherine the General Manager of the Hotel, as construction neared completion in early December. Thanks Catherine!
When the former UKAEA building was demolished, the site was left until it was prepared for the hotel. By the end of 2007, the hotel site had been marked out and fenced off. The first two photos in this gallery were taken in 2007. During the early months of 2008, there were few signs of construction, as work focused on the foundations and services.
Construction began in earnest during May 2008.