Esh Construction to build new Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park


Esh Construction will build a £3.6m 80-bed Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside

The new hotel will be delivered on behalf of Union Property Development Ltd and will see the Cobalt 3.3 building transformed by Esh’s commercial build division.

Construction is expected to commence in the coming weeks on the development, which will see the existing two-storey office turned into 68 rooms, with an additional lightweight steel frame extension constructed to create 12 rooms at the southern end of the building.

A bar café and reception will be located on the ground floor and the existing lift replaced to provide access to the upper storey.

Esh has been appointed as the design and build contractor to deliver the project, working in partnership with the design team – Wake Morley, Portland Consulting Engineers, and kyoob.

Accommodation for a rapidly growing area

Gary Dobson, divisional director at Esh Construction, said: “We are delighted to build on our relationship with Union Property with this latest award, having recently secured the £10m Hexham Bunker retail development.

“The scheme is a great addition to Esh’s commercial build portfolio, with over £80m of projects currently underway within the division. We look forward to bringing our expertise to this project.”

Peter Carruthers, consultant project director at Union Property, said: “Despite the economic uncertainty brought about by Covid-19, we are as committed as ever to delivering our development pipeline.

“The building is currently underused 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 particularly pleased to appoint Esh Construction to work with us once again.”

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman, added: “We are very excited to be working with Union Property Development Ltd and Esh Group on the development of a Travelodge hotel at Cobalt Business Park.

“The area is rapidly growing, however, there is a shortage of good quality, low-cost accommodation within the area and the new Travelodge is ideally situated for offering great value to visiting business and leisure travellers.”


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