Ideas for Places to Stay

When it comes to booking short term accommodation for your business stays, for a home away from home when you’re working on site, self-catering is an ideal option. You have the flexibility and freedom to come and go when needed for your shifts, and the peace and quiet of your own place to enjoy.

We’ve come across incredible self-catering accommodation during searches for our clients, from seaside apartments to secluded cottages in the countryside. In this blog post, we’ve rounded up just a few ideas for places to stay close to the sites of some of the UK’s offshore wind farms.

 

Places to Stay in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth & The Greater Gabbard

 

Self-catering lodges in Lowestoft available to rent for the offshore wind industry.

Crews working in renewables use these modern, open plan lodges, which are just a short journey away from Lowestoft and the base for The Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm. If you travel just seven miles in the other direction, you’ll find Great Yarmouth.

Distance to site: 3.7 miles

Time to site: 9 minutes

Price range: £

 

Self-catering accommodation for the offshore wind industry in Lowestoft

For those working in Lowestoft, these two luxury self-catering barn conversions located on a family farm maybe the ideal place to stay. They have been completely renovated, sleep four to seven people, and hold a Visit England Gold award.

Distance to site: 4.2 miles

Time to site: 14 minutes

Price range: ££

 

 

Accommodation Near Grimsby Docks & Lincs Offshore Wind Farm

 

Self-catering accommodation in Grimsby for the offshore wind and renewables industry.Just a short drive away from the Port of Grimsby is a series of luxury log cabins and self-catering cottages sat on the edge of a private lake – perfect for keen anglers on an unexpected Weather Day! And, these properties even have their own hot tub.

Distance to site: 8.8 miles

Time to site: 24 minutes

Price range: ££

 

Self-catering accommodation in Grimsby for the offshore wind industryThis 18th-century barn in the Lincolnshire countryside has been converted into six cottages, available to offshore wind and renewables crews on a self-catering basis. There is a pub with a carvery just half a mile away, with the Port of Grimsby less than 20 minutes away.

Distance to site: 7.2 miles

Time to site: 19 minutes

Price range: ££

 

Mostyn & Walney, Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farms

 

Self-catering cottage in Trelogan, Mostyn.The reviews for this cottage in the village of Trelogan, Flintshire say “Amazing scenery, restful location…”. With an open fire and its own garden and patio, this self-catering accommodation is just nine minutes away from the port of Mostyn.

Distance to site: 3.7 miles

Time to site: 9 minutes

Price range: TBC

 

 

Luxury Manor House available as self-catering accommodation in Holywell, Wales.

For the ultimate in luxury, book this Grade II Listed Manor House for your business stay. Sleeping up to 12 people, this Hall not only has a hot tub and is close to the seaside, but it’s just a five-minute drive away from the Port of Mostyn.

Distance to site: 1.7 miles

Time to site: 5 minutes

Price range: £££

 

 

Places near Ramsgate & London Array

 

Self-catering accommodation ideas in Ramsgate for the offshore wind industry.

This is one of the places available to those staying in Ramsgate, a favourite of our Siemens clients – and it’s easy to see why! It’s less than a mile away from site and is so close to the seaside.

Distance to site: 0.9 miles

Time to site: 4 minutes

Price range: ££

 

 

Self-catering accommodation ideas in Ramgate for the offshore wind industry.

You could book a stay at this one-bedroom, detached, self-catering cottage, with its own patio in the shared garden of the Main House. It even boasts a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and 4 Stars from Visit England.

Distance to site: 1.4 miles

Time to site: 7 minutes

Price range: £

 

Booking Short Term Accommodation

 

Whatever your requirements, personal preferences and budget, the Rapid Accommodation team are on hand to help you find a place to stay. You can read all about it in our Guide to Booking Accommodation for the Offshore Wind Industry. If you’d like to find out more, give us a call to arrange a meeting – the coffee is on us!

Things to do on your Weather Days

When those unexpected Weather Days occur and you can’t make it to site, there are two things you can do; stay in your room and catch up on the latest viral videos, or get out and do some exploring. In this blog post, we’ve rounded up a few ideas for things to do and places to visit close to some of the UK’s renewables and offshore wind farms.

HULL

City of Culture
2017 is a big year for Hull as it celebrates being the UK City of Culture. You can discover a whole range of live music, exhibitions, performances and events. Take a look at the programme on the Hull 2017 website.

Hull Marina
On the outskirts of the city centre is Hull Marina, an area that is going through exciting regeneration. Here, you’ll find an abundance of new, stylish restaurants, bars and art galleries – a real up-and-coming area.

The Deep
Whether you’re on your own, with friends or with your family, take the opportunity to visit The Deep, one of the UK’s biggest aquariums. Your kids can learn about all different kinds of sea creatures, including sharks, jelly fish and turtles. And, they can even meet the VIPs – very important penguins!

BARROW IN FURNESS

Furness Abbey
History buffs will enjoy exploring this fascinating English Heritage site. Furness Abbey is said to have been one of the richest monasteries in the country, and just a few years ago, a small collection of treasures were discovered here. Find out more.

Piel Island
Instead of taking a boat trip to your offshore site, take a short ferry trip to Piel Island, a tiny island off the coast of Cumbria. It’s home to the historic Piel Castle (yes, more history), a pub and beautiful views.

South Walney Nature Reserve
This shingle island reserve is an ideal place to unwind and to enjoy simply being in the outdoors. Firstly, South Walney Nature Reserve is home to a grey seal colony, and it’s also a popular spot for birdwatchers, with incredible coastal views.

 

CLACTON-ON-SEA

Beach and Pier
Clacton-on-Sea is famous for its traditional Great British seaside amenities. Along Clacton Pier, you will find all kinds of entertainment, from rides and arcades to bowling and SeaQuarium, and can even take up a spot of sea fishing, too.

Theatres
In the heart of the resort, just a short distance away from the seaside, are the Princes Theatre, located within Clacton Town Hall, and West Cliff Theatre & Arts Centre, a traditional 600-seat seaside theatre. They both host a variety of live entertainment throughout the year. Find out more.

Bars and Restaurants
In the evening, you can venture out to Clacton’s restaurants and bars for some good food and a drink (or two). Or, you can make an hour’s journey to enjoy the nightlife of the city of Chelmsford – the capital of Essex.

REDCAR

Redcar Racecourse
If you’re lucky, your Weather Day may just fall on a Race Day at Redcar Racecourse. They host 18 days of horse racing from April to November, including Ladies Days and Family Days. If you’re very lucky, you may even win on a bet!

Redcar Beacon
The Redcar Beacon has been dubbed the ‘vertical pier’, as this 80ft tower gives its visitors 360° views of the Redcar coastline. And, it’s absolutely free.

Middlesborough City Centre
Middlesborough city centre is home to galleries, restaurants, bars, parks and open spaces, shopping areas and a variety of attractions – and it’s just a quick 20 minute journey away from Redcar.

MOSTYN

Llandudno Cable Cars
Mostyn is a quaint little village in North Wales, just an hour away from Llandudno and the longest passenger cable car in Britain. From the sky, you can take in the breathtaking views of Llandudno Bay, Conwy Estuary and Happy Valley.

St Winefride’s Well
A short journey away from Mostyn is the historic St Winefride’s Well in Holywell, a beautiful site that people have been travelling to for over 1300 years. In addition to the Well, you’ll find a museum and shop. Find out more.

Snowdonia National Park
The more adventurous may fancy a slightly longer journey to Snowdonia National Park. Here, there are hundreds of lakes to discover, trails to hike and peaks to climb, as well as the Snowdon Mountain Railway which takes you right to the summit of Mount Snowdon.

 

The Rapid Accommodation there are always here to help, whether it’s for finding accommodation to your specifications or recommending places to visit – it’s a part of our personal customer service! Give us a call on 0330 090 41 42 to see how we can help you.

 

*Image of Clacton Pier by Angel Escartin Casas is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Using AmEx for Accommodation in the UK

When it comes to booking accommodation in the UK for workers and contractors in the offshore wind industry, having a reliable payment method is essential. There are many factors that can affect the booking process of your business stay, from strict budgets to last minute cancellations, which is why the finance you use must have the necessary features to accommodate your needs.

Many payment providers have created solutions that are tailored to the specific requirements of businesses, offering finance methods that are flexible and secure, with additional protection, access to cash, international support, management tools and rewards. However, despite all of the benefits, some companies find that when booking contractor digs, their preferred provider simply isn’t accepted by the chosen accommodation.

Booking Accommodation in the UK

We understand just how much time and effort it takes to source the right hotel, B&B or self-catering accommodation for your workers and contractors, particularly when working in the renewables sector. Travelling distance to and from site, WiFi availability for checking shifts and downtime, and flexibility for weather days and unexpected cancellations all need to be taken into consideration (read our guide to booking accommodation for the offshore and renewables industry). After all that searching, you don’t want to get to the payment stage of the process to find that you can’t use your designated method.

Take, for example, American Express. It’s one of the world’s most renowned corporate card providers and their payment methods can be used across the globe, but yet you may find that the cards are not always accepted by the venue itself. Luckily, this is where we come in. Rapid Accommodation is able to accept American Express, whether it is accepted by the accommodation or not. We do this so our clients can book the most suitable place to stay for their hard-working offshore engineers and contractors.

This applies to establishments anywhere in the UK, and we won’t charge any credit card fees either! It’s a key part of our accommodation service, along with having the ability to offer credit accounts to our clients, helping you to boost your cashflow.

So, if you have a place to stay in mind, simply give us a call, tell us where you’d like your workers to stay and we’ll book it for you. To find out more about our accommodation booking services for the offshore and renewables industry, get in touch.

Guide to Booking Accommodation for the Offshore Wind Industry

After a busy day working offshore, and for those weather days when you aren’t able to get to site, you will want to relax in accommodation that is clean, convenient and comfortable. Finding a place to stay that is not only within budget and a close distance to your site, but also has all of your preferred facilities can take time. This is why we believe we are the right people for the job! We’ve put together the Rapid Accommodation essential guide to booking accommodation for the offshore wind and renewables industry.

Travelling Distance

We understand how important it is for employees, technicians and contractors to be close to site, so checking travelling distance is a must. A key part in this is monitoring any nearby roadworks that may affect your journey, as well as any tolls. This helps to reduce the chances of any nasty surprises as you travel to work.

WiFi

As a worker in the offshore wind sector, WiFi is a necessity. Accommodation will need to have WiFi access so you can check your emails and shift patterns, as well as keep in touch with your family and friends while you are away. Not to mention streaming your favourite box sets and scrolling through Facebook to keep you entertained during any downtime!

Personal Preferences

Every worker has their own personal preferences and may have their own specific facilities or localities in mind. For example, a Siemens engineer that is working at Lincs Wind Farm and staying near the Operations and Maintenance base in Grimsby may want to be close to a modern, 24-hour gym and the town centre for evening entertainment. An essential part of a quality accommodation finding service is taking the time to source available rooms that are close to preferred amenities with an easy travelling distance to site and are within budget.

Budget

This is where our expertise comes in, knowing where to look for accommodation that meets all your requirements and your costings. Having to review and compare the options sent to you takes time in itself, which is why an essential part of the service is ensuring you only receive the most suitable options.

Cancellation

In the offshore wind and renewables industry, we understand that weather days and last minute moves to other sites may mean your accommodation needs to be cancelled, which can be a hassle. When this happens, our team are ready to cancel the rest of your stay and to work with the accommodation provider get a refund or achieve the best possible outcome due to your immediate departure.

For more information about Rapid Accommodation’s services for the offshore wind and renewables industry, give us a call on 0330 090 41 42.