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Business development in Darlington

A new Travelodge forms part of a prestigious £3.5 million new development on Yarm Road in Darlington.

The development on the Yarm Road Interchange Darlington business park comprises a new 60 bedroom Travelodge above single storey retail units and a new Toby Carvery. There are also new industrial and warehouse units under construction within the development, providing 17,500 square foot of space.

The site is close to an important business district for the North East, which includes offices for Orange, Northgate, Darlington Building Society and Cummins, which sits within a Grade II listed factory building.

The main contractor is Marshall Building Contractors (Elland) and the architects are Wake Architects Ltd and BMS.

Peter Liddle and Matt Turner are Project Managers on the project. The mechanical and electrical consultant is Farrel and Partners and the structural consultant is JPG (Leeds).

The project began in early 2012 and is due to be completed in November 2012, the project is currently undergoing finishing touches.

The main materials that have been used in the construction are blockwork, render, curtain walling and single ply roofing. Externally, the building is finished in render and cladding. The building is highly energy efficient with solar panels and CHP unit.

There is also some external work and landscaping involved in the project.

The Travelodge will house 60 bedrooms on the upper floors with reception and office staff facilities at ground floor level. There is n site dining at the Toby Carvery and more facilities will be provided through the adjacent speculative retail opportunities.

The site provides excellent access to the A67 and A66 which then in turn provide access to the main motorway network. Darlington also has direct links to London Kings Cross in 2 hours 30 minutes.

Gary Wake, Director at Wake Architects said:

“It is a very important project to the practice in today’s market and represents a significant undertaking from the developer. We are pleased to have been involved.”

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