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Travelodge bucks the recession as another new hotel takes shape

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Part of a major expansion programme for budget hotel chain Travelodge – whose South West hotels are bucking the trend in the recession – an impressive new four storey building incorporating a 60-bedroom Travelodge hotel and a Lidl store, is taking shape on a site at Harbour Road, Portishead.

The development is being carried out for Developers Loc 8 (Portishead) Ltd by Main Contractors Jehu Project Services. The architect is Simon Kennedy of Kennedy James Griffiths and Structural Engineers are Shear Design.

The building is being constructed on a Brownfield site where remediation works were carried out in an earlier, separate contract.

The building is designed to encourage a busy frontage along Harbour Road, with glass frontages to the ground floor level food store and a feature curved glass wall to the hotel, celebrating arrival at the site, and providing a landmark to the development. The building it has a high quality design and material specification to deliver a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating.

Above the 14,617 sq ft Lidl, the thee-storey Travelodge incorporates a reception area with vending facilities, together with the 60 ensuite bedrooms.

The ground floor of the building is a steel frame structure, with timber frame on the floors above. External elevations are in rendered blockwork, incorporating aluminium framed windows and a metal standing seam roof.

Externally the works include the creating of a 138 space car park and landscaping, including tree planting and stone paving.

Currently the external shell of the building is just being completed, together with the lift and stair core and the ground floor slab has been laid for the Lidl foodstore.

Commending the Main Contractors Mark Kennedy, Director of Loc 8 Developments commented: “I have known of Jehu Project Services for many years and their reputation in this sector precedes them. We are confident that the project will not only be delivered on time but also that it will be finished to an exceptionally high standard. We look forward to working with Jehu again in the near future.”

The project commenced in January 2011 and is due for completion in November 2011.

The hotel is one of two new Travelodges opening in the Bristol area.

Guy Parsons, the chief executive of Travelodge said: “Our hotels in the South West performed extremely well throughout the recession so I am delighted that we will be opening these new hotels. The locations are perfect for both business and leisure visitors to Bristol and Portishead and I have no doubt the two locations will soon be among our top-performing hotels anywhere in the country.”

The addition of 35 new hotels across the UK is part of a £300 million investment programme by Travelodge. In total, the hotels will add 3,667 rooms to the original Travelodge 32,000-room estate, creating 700 jobs.

Mr Parsons added: “The hotels we built this year have been a result of Travelodge’s commitment to expand during the recession while many companies put their development on hold.

“Last year we exchanged on 96 sites, making it a record year. Fifty-two of these exchanges were part of the biggest transaction in the hotel sector since 2008 with the pub chain Mitchells & Butlers.

“As a result of the recession, we have successfully acquired superior sites due to lower market property prices, which otherwise would not have been available for hotel use.

“We have demonstrated our commitment to expand and have a clear growth plan laid out which means we will reach over 1,100 hotels and 100,000 rooms by 2025.”

One of Wales’ largest independently owned construction companies, Jehu Projects has a proud heritage in construction which spans over 70 years.

Jehu is strategically based with offices located in Bridgend and Haverfordwest and employs more than 80 staff.

The Jehu family has a tradition of quality in building that has spanned over 70 years. Founded by Jack Jehu in the early 1930’s, Jehu is now one of Wales largest independently owned construction companies.

The company’s business has been founded on a balanced approach to the market place and the ability to avoid over reliance on any particular construction sector.

This ability is reflected in Jehu’s staff and resources and jointly the company has significant experience and strength in the commercial and Industrial, healthcare and education, residential and retail and leisure markets.

Jehu Project Services is committed to delivering a top class service to its clients and its expertise embraces public and private sectors which includes partnering alliances. The Jehu family of companies is set to turnover in excess of £35 million in 2011/2012.

1 Comment
  1. Sheds

    November 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    This will be one of the constructions that many will be looking out for. It could easily be described as one of efforts that is put into good use to the best possible extent. Will be exciting to know how this place shapes up in the future.

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