What was previously a Rolls Royce garage has been developed into a brand new Travelodge at the heart of Bromley.
The £5 million hotel project began construction in March 2011, as contractors Skillcrown Homes LTD developed the land into a prime location for tourists visiting or passing through the south-east London district.
The development comprised the complete demolition of a snooker hall into a four storey hotel complex, including a 33 space underground car parking area.
Fiona Richardson, development manager at Skillcrown Homes said that it was the location, situated alongside the bustling London road that made this addition to the popular hotel chain so important for the brand.
The brand new building, which opened its doors in October 2012, now spans an area of 1,437 square feet. The interior boasts a range of stunning features, including bar and dining facilities, along with 92 guest rooms and a main reception area. The site is also DDA compliant, providing extensive access to disabled guests.
In addition to the construction work on the site, the project also included a programme of landscaping works which took place around the surrounding area. The landscaped sections of the site included associated paving and the planting of shrubbery towards the rear.
DB Architects took charge of the design of the hotel. Darren Bland, Director at DB Architects, described the project as a very significant site for the company, which was very important to be a part of.
“A significant project such as the new Travelodge in Bromley widens our portfolio considerably. As a company, DB Architects specialises in designing buildings for residential living, and to date this is one of the largest ventures for us.
“The design was a challenge: the complex brief of Travelodge was extensive and we had to ensure all of the rooms were compliant in terms of furniture requirements. There were a lot of particular requirements for each room, so each unit needed its own individual attention and architectural drawings to make it work.”
“In addition, the details of the design created some interesting challenges. The mix of materials needed for the build, the Zinc rain screen and Metsec cladding combined with the lead-work meant that in practice it was difficult to apply to the building. So this was something we had to pay close attention to, in order to make this just right.”
A combination of pitched and flat slate roofing, constructed by MID Kent Roofing, and aluminium skylights and windows allow the admission of natural light. As the majority of guests will be visiting the hotel at night, the lighting concept inside is paramount. DB Architects worked closely with Travelodge to ensure this was up to the design standards that have already been set by the hotel chain’s other locations.
Founded in 2004, DB Architects is an award winning design practice, based in Kent. The practice has a reputation for excellence and works on bespoke residential schemes throughout Maidstone, London, and Kent.
Darren Bland added:
“The site was very tight spatially and revised permission was required to get the building to regulation height, but overall the project ran smoothly and we encountered no major problems.
“The Bromley Travelodge project offered a welcome challenge, which we were very pleased to be involved with. Now that we have completed the work and the hotel is open it looks fantastic.”
Recognised for its superior customer care, attention-to-detail and innovative design, Skillcrown Homes is a leading property development company. Offering an unrivalled combination of style, practicality and an exemplary finish, Skillcrown Homes has been constructing properties throughout the South East for over 20 years.
A privately owned, family run organisation, Skillcrown is committed to positively impacting the environment and communities in which it operates.
For more information on Skillcrown Homes please visit: www.skillcrownhomes.co.uk.
Since being established in 1997, HH Aluminium has worked with many large construction groups and local authorities-delivering quality aluminium framework and glass fittings.
Having worked on many schools, hospitals and premier inns in the past HH Aluminium were awarded the contract to work on the newly opened Travelodge in Bromley.
When asked what HH Aluminium prides itself on, Managing Director, Peter House said:
“Most companies in this sector have a lifespan of around eight years; we have now been doing business for close to 16.
“I believe that our continued success has been down to having the right work ethic and our ability to successfully achieve the aims of our clients.”