Government Minister ‘Checking Out’ The UK’s Smallest Hotel

  04 MARCH, 2020
Hereward College Premier Inn Build

In January, Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health Justin Tomlinson checked out the UK’s smallest hotel from the UK’s biggest hotel company: Premier Inn.

The Hotel in the College

The hotel was built by Novus Property Solutions in 2019 and is located within the walls of Coventry’s Hereward College. Featuring just 3 bedrooms, this miniature Premier Inn is part of the hotel chain’s “Force For Good” programme; a partnership project with Coventry’s Hereward College.

The college is a specialist provider of real-world skills and training for young people with disabilities and additional needs. This educational facility gears its students up for independent living and boosts their employability prospects.

Premier Inn is UK’s biggest hotel company with more than 800 locations nationwide but the chain’s tiniest hotel at Hereward is seen as a real positive asset to the people of the West Midlands region and to the UK as a whole.

(You can read more about the hotel build in our blog article here.)

State-of-the-Art Hotel

The state-of-the-art mini-hotel functions primarily as a training facility for the college’s 270-member student body, affording young people the opportunity to learn employable skills in the hospitality industry.

Furthermore, the Hereward College Premier Inn is completely indistinguishable from any other Premier Inn hotel. The hotel comes complete with a reception desk, corridor and linen room, and each room features three en-suite bedrooms.

Even the ‘do not disturb’ signs on the doors and the tea & coffee making facilities are the very same that each Premier Inn guest are accustomed to seeing during their stay.

From guest relations to housekeeping, the facility will enable young people to learn all areas of hospitality in a realistic hotel environment.

As an added benefit, the young people taking part in the programme also have the opportunity to undertake supported internships, which have the potential to develop into paid roles in Premier Inn hotels across the country.

Alan Nixon, CEO at Novus Property Solutions

“Delivering projects that have lasting impacts in the communities we operate in is at the heart of what we do. The success of this facility at Hereward College is testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff involved at Premier Inn, the college and here at Novus.

“To be recognised by the Minister for Disabled people is an incredible achievement for everyone involved and we’re looking forward to following the progress those living with disabilities make as a result of the project.”

The tiny hotel at Hereward is the second Premier Inn of its type. The hotel company also has a three-bedroom training facility at Shropshire’s Derwen College, which also supports young people with additional needs.

More Information

For more information about the Hereward College Premier Inn or other social value projects that Novus are involved in, please contact us via the online web form.

Social Housing Novus van


In an open letter to all social housing residents in the UK, the Government’s Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has recommended that landlords should now resume external planned maintenance and repairs. Maintenance and Repairs The letter published on 18th May 2020 said: “As we start to ease lockdown measures, landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households. There will be a backlog of repairs that they will need to address, so it may take longer than normal to carry out more non-essential work.” In addition, the letter suggests that landlords “may also carry out maintenance and repairs in empty properties, so that they can be re-let to new tenants.” Finally, with regards to internal planned maintenance Mr. Pincher stressed that internal planned maintenance will only take place in homes where residents are not shielding or self-isolating” and that maintenance operatives should, as a minimum, “notify you in advance of arrival, maintain a safe distance and follow hygiene procedures.” The Government recently released best practice guidance for working in other people’s homes, which is available to view via “Covid-19 working guidance”. Welcome news Following the publication of the Housing Minister’s letter, Operations Director of Novus Lee Hartley said: “This update from the Government is welcome news to Novus and to the social housing sector as a whole. We are keen to move forward with social housing landlords to help clear the substantial maintenance work backlog caused as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.” “As always, the safety of our colleagues and that of the residents is of the utmost importance. We’ve adapted our working practices and provided our colleagues with all the necessary personal protective equipment required to carry out their work safely and effectively.” A copy of Christopher Pincher’s letter can be found here.


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