New £1m hotel to help train offshore staff

A specialist hotel for offshore workers is being built in North Shields.

Offshore training experts AIS is building the £1m three-storey hotel on the Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate alongside its multi-million pound training complex.

In the first project of its kind, up to 28 training delegates will be able to stay at the hotel for £25 a night, with plans in place to add another 12 rooms over the next 12 months.

The hotel will be styled to stimulate offshore life and will offer wi-fi and en-suite facilities in every room, a fully-equipped gym and areas for relaxing and socialising.

Work has started on site and the first guests are expected later this summer.

AIS managing director Paul Stonebanks said: “We currently train thousands of delegates every year.

“Many of these offshore workers live outside the region and require accommodation and, although there are lots of great local hotels, we recognised that offering a more affordable option, which also mirrors real offshore life, complements and enriches our offer.

“This project is the latest in a very exciting and successful year for AIS.”

He added: “In the next few weeks, we’ll launch a brand new offshore survival centre to train workers from the offshore oil and gas, wind and maritime sectors how to cope in the event of an emergency, which means we can provide one of the world’s largest training portfolios for the offshore sector.”

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