A CO Londonderry firm has been awarded a top hotel contract in the north west.
Magherafelt's Conway Group was picked to build and fit out the new Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre at Crescent Link in the Waterside by parent company Whitbread plc.
The new three storey 60-bedroom hotel and 200-seat Brewers Fayre restaurant are due to be finished in November, ahead of the 2013 Derry-Londonderry City of Culture celebrations.
When completed, the complex will create around 60 new jobs.
Conway Group has also recently completed a £1.5m 30-bed extension and fit-out at the Premier Inn in Lisburn, eight weeks ahead of schedule, having previously built the original 60-bed hotel and restaurant in 2009.
Trevor Simpson, construction director at Conway Group, said Whitbread plc was an important client.
"As Premier Inn is a highly successful hotel brand we trust there will be many more opportunities for us to work together, both locally and UK wide," he said.
Jim Francis of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants added: "Premier Inn is a Northern Ireland success story and the business is going from strength to strength in the province.
"Since our first hotel opened in 2008, we have enjoyed fantastic results in Northern Ireland and we are now the largest hotel operator.
"That is the position we want to be in and we are continually on the look-out for new exciting locations to offer our customers.
"Crescent Link is an ideal and obvious choice for our first hotel in Derry-Londonderry, and I look forward to getting the hotel built and playing a leading role in the City of Culture celebrations."