THE 127-bed Holiday Inn Express is set to be open to guests on December 2.

With building work set to be complete in November it is hoped that the new hotel has the potential to generate further development in the area.

It is situated on the site of the old police station on Market Street where construction began in September 2018.

Mark Winter, general manager of Barrow Holiday Inn Express, said: “We hired based off personality, and the Jobcentre have been really supportive providing many of our 27 new staff who are all from Barrow.”