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Work Begins on £3.6 million Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park

Work Begins on £3.6 million Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park

Construction work on a new 80-room Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside has commenced.

The £3.6m 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 adjoining lightweight steel frame extension will provide an additional 12 rooms. A bar café and reception will feature on the ground floor.

Work Begins on £3.6 million 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.”

Work Begins on £3.6 million Travelodge at Cobalt Business Park

The location boasts transport links to the A19 for business travellers and is ideally situated for leisure travellers given its proximity to coastal towns Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

Newcastle-based developer Union Property has brought the £3.6 million 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 £10 million 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.

Travelodge is working with Union Property and Esh Construction on a 69-room hotel with an on-site restaurant called the Bar Café at Hexham in Northumberland.

To find out more about Esh Construction, visit www.eshgroup.co.uk

About Esh Group:

Esh Group is a leading construction and built environment group of companies which operate across the North of England and Yorkshire. Through our main trading company Esh Construction, we provide civil engineering, commercial build, affordable housing, refurbishment, and facilities management a wide range of private and public sector clients.

Led by teams of our experienced professionals, we work collaboratively with our customers and supply chain to find the most creative and innovative ways to deliver outstanding projects. We have an uncompromising focus on health, safety, and quality and continually invest in our workforce and new technologies to deliver the best results for our clients.

Committed to supporting the areas in which we operate, Esh delivers an industry-leading social value package through our ‘Constructing Local’ strategy. Recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for our outstanding commitment to social value, we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity and Social Mobility.