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Second architectural prize for Sleeperz Hotels

Sleeperz Hotels in Newcastle, part of a budget UK hotel chain, have been awarded a prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It is the second architectural award that the company has won in the last three years.

The hotel was built on the site of the former Parcel Works in the North East of Newcastle. The 98 bedroom property has been recognised for its architectural excellence and design at the RIBA Hadrian Awards.

The hotel is now in the running for the national RIBA award and could be entered for the prestigious Stirling Prize which is also judged by the architects’ institute.

Chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, David Myers said: “We believe in acquiring land that is unusual and extraordinary in shape and transforming it into stylish landmark city centre hotels.”

The hotel, which is close to Newcastle Central Station, is not the first Sleeperz Hotel to be awarded for its architectural design. The Cardiff Sleeperz won the RIBA Wales award in 2010.

Myers added: “To win two RIBA Awards for our first two properties is a monumental achievement and worthy recognition for our vision of creating beautiful budget hotels in Britain’s leading cities.”

Peter Clash of London-based Clash Associates, the company who designed both of the hotels said: “This award is extremely pleasing. Sleeperz Newcastle is an innovative building made with quality materials and constructed on a difficult city centre site in the central conservation area.”

The glass-fronted Newcastle hotel opened in January. The company is hoping to open ten more hotels by 2015 with sites planned in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

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