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Construction and Opening in Jan 2009


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Preparation | Construction | Completion

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

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The Hotel on 11th January 2009

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Views from the Hotel on 18th January

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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!

The bar - photo courtesy of Ramada Encore Warrington The hotel on 2nd Dec - photo courtesy of Ramada Encore Warrington One of the 103 Rooms - photo courtesy of Ramada Encore Warrington At the entrance - photo courtesy of Ramada Encore Warrington


Site Preparation

Up to May 2008

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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.

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Construction

Construction began in earnest during May 2008.

May 2008

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June 2008

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July 2008

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August 2008

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September 2008

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October 2008

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November 2008

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Completion

Novermber 2008Through November and December the appearance of the building once again changed significantly, as the finishing touches were applied to the exterior and the scaffolding was taken down.  The Ramada Encore Warrington opens for business on 19th January 2009.

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