Willmott Dixon has been awarded contracts with new client Village Hotel Club, including a 154-bed hotel in Portsmouth.

The firm’s interiors specialist is also refurbishing three further hotels in Newcastle, Dudley and Liverpool.

Willmott Dixon’s £17m project to build the Lakeside New Harbour in Portsmouth is one of a pipeline of hotels for Village Hotel Club as its expand across the country.

Iain Stackhouse, of Village Hotel Club, said: “We knew that there was a real need for more hotel space in the city and, prior to applying for planning, spoke to many businesses and organisations who believed a lack of hotel provision was holding back the city’s economic development.

“We were delighted when our planning was approved to provide not only a much-needed service for visitors, but also offer an important facility for people who live and work locally.”

Village Urban Hotel has 28 locations throughout the country. The new hotel in Portsmouth will be the first of the new Village Hotel concept, designed by 3DReid, which will deliver the Village Hotel experience on a more compact footprint.

Roger Forsdyke, managing director of construction in the Cobham office, said: “We have undertaken work in the Solent area over a number of years in both the education and leisure sectors; this project will prove to be another great asset to the area.”