A unique project to create specialist, affordable hotel accommodation for offshore workers is being developed on North Tyneside by offshore training experts, AIS.
The £1million three-storey hotel, which will be located on the Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate in North Shields, will sit alongside AIS Training’s multi-million pound, world-class offshore training complex and will offer high-quality, low-cost accommodation from just £44.80 per night for training delegates.
Believed to be the very first project of its kind in the world, the new purpose-built hotel will provide accommodation for up to 24 people. The hotel will be styled to simulate offshore life and will offer Wi-Fi and en-suite facilities for double rooms, a fully-equipped gym and break out areas for relaxing and socialising.
Guests will also have access to AIS Training’s highly rated restaurant, new offshore survival centre’s environmental pool and branded bus to take them to local amenities. The hotel has recently received planning approval and construction work is now underway with the first guests expected this summer.
Managing director of AIS, Paul Stonebanks said: “We currently train more than six thousand delegates every year in mandatory and optional industry-approved qualifications and competencies for the booming offshore energy market. Many of these offshore workers live outside the region and require accommodation and, although there are lots of great local hotels, we recognised that a more affordable option was necessary for some of these delegates.
“We’ve already invested millions of pounds in creating a world-class, state-of-the-art training complex, which provides skills training for every offshore career path. Our bespoke facilities are extremely realistic and highly technological, ensuring delegates learn in a safe and controlled environment - but one that feels real. It seemed a natural extension to offer our delegates a low-cost accommodation option, which also mirrors real offshore life, to complement and enrich the overall training experience. Staying in our hotel will start to feel like you’re actually offshore – combined with our realistic skills and competency training; this will result in a truly immersive experience.
“This project is the latest in a very exciting and successful year for AIS. 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.”
AIS is an award-winning manufacturer and service provider to the global offshore, wind energy and industrial sectors. It has six divisions: technical insulation and fire protection products, training services, facilities management, business efficiency related software, online sales and manpower services and works with blue-chip clients from around the world.