Construction of £3.6m Travelodge underway

Work has started on a new 80-room Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park.

By David Sedgwick
Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:00 am
Work has started on a new Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park.
Work has started on a new Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park.

The £3.6million development of the former Cobalt 3.3 site, which housed office accommodation in Silver Fox Way, is being delivered by Esh Construction on behalf of Union Property Development Ltd

The two-storey office accommodation will be re-modelled into 68 rooms while an extension will provide an additional 12 rooms.

There will be a bar café and reception on the ground floor.

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Work has started on a new Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park.

Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: “We are delighted to be working with Union Property and Esh on a further Travelodge hotel development which is located in the UK’s biggest business park, Cobalt Business Park.

"This is our seventh hotel in Newcastle, and it will also be the first budget hotel to be located at the business park; providing much needed great value accommodation to visiting business and leisure travellers.”

Newcastle-based developer Union Property has brought the £3.6million project to fruition.

Peter Carruthers, Consultant Project Director at Union Property, said: “With construction rebounding from lockdown restrictions, we have several projects underway and are as committed as ever to delivering our development pipeline.

“The building is currently under-used and its conversion to a hotel will provide much needed additional hotel capacity to Cobalt Business Park and the wider area.

"This is our third development for Travelodge, and we are especially pleased to appoint Esh Construction to work with us once again”.

Esh Construction was appointed as the design and build contractor in November 2020 and will work in partnership with Wake Morley, Portland Consulting Engineers and kyoob to deliver the project.

Gary Dobson, Divisional Director at Esh Construction, said: “This is our second development on behalf of Union Property, with our commercial build division recently commencing work on a £10million retail scheme based at the entrance to Hexham.

“New developments like Cobalt – the jobs it will create and the boost to the local economy during the build and on completion – will play a key part in the region’s recovery from the pandemic.

"We look forward to working with Union Property and the project team to bring this underused building back to use.”

Work on the Cobalt development is expected to complete late 2021.