As Travelodge continues its expansion across the Midlands, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on the budget hotel chain’s latest development in Solihull.
Wakemans acted as tenant’s agent on the £10million Solihull Travelodge, which has 82 rooms including SuperRooms, an on-site restaurant called the Bar Café and free car parking.
The new Solihull hotel joins the Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge in offering SuperRooms, the company’s increasingly popular room designed around the ‘premium economy’ concept familiar to airline users. This new class of room is the first of its kind in the UK budget hotel market and enhances the comfort factor for business and leisure customers who want the extra choice of a more premium room.
In a central location, the Solihull Travelodge is a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and close to local amenities, including two shopping centres and a cinema as well as bars and restaurants. It is also a short drive from Birmingham Airport.
Wakemans Divisional Director Nigel Himpson said: “We’re delighted to support Travelodge in implementing its strategic growth plans in the West Midlands. As the region’s economy grows and Solihull, in particular, benefits from rising visitor numbers, this new hotel meets the need for good quality, affordable accommodation.”
Travelodge operates 25 hotels across the West Midlands and Wakemans also played a key role in the development of its Dudley Town Centre, West Bromwich and Walsall properties.
Photo caption: Wakemans has completed work on the new Solihull Travelodge, the budget hotel chain’s 25th property in the West Midlands.
07 Jan 2019
As national property and construction consultancy Wakemans progresses its strategic expansion plans, Dean Watson is promoted to managing director.
Dean joined Wakemans as a trainee surveyor in 1984, going on to gain a BSc degree and become a qualified quantity surveyor and project manager working on hospital schemes and land remediation as well as the full spectrum of commercial developments. As a key account director, and a member of the Wakemans board of directors since 2008, he has been instrumental in the running of the business for many years.
Most recently, as joint managing director, Dean was responsible for the delivery of professional services. In his new role he will also support executive chairman John Woodhall, who will continue to focus on shaping the commercial and strategic development of the business.
Commenting on the appointment, John said: “Strong growth means we’re on track to push forward with our strategic plans. Whatever challenges the construction industry faces post-Brexit, we remain committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to clients throughout the UK and Europe.’’
Dean said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role and relish the challenge. We’ve enjoyed significant growth over the past 12 months, especially in the leisure and industrial sectors, and I look forward to building on this achievement and maximising our resources to capitalise on new business opportunities.”
Operating from offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Caernarfon, Wakemans is one of Europe’s leading privately owned construction, cost and property consultants. Combining the core professional services of project management, quantity surveying and building surveying with strategic advisory services, including construction cost, employer’s and tenant’s agent and CDM/principal designer consultancy, the firm’s core focus is to help clients achieve their business goals against the backdrop of a constantly evolving construction landscape.
National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on Travelodge’s new £95million flagship hotel, London City Travelodge PLUS – the jewel in the crown of the budget hotel group’s UK portfolio, which now stands at
Wakemans acted as tenant’s agent on the Aldgate property which, with 395 rooms across nine storeys, includes 142 Travelodge SuperRooms, the group’s ‘premium economy’ room option, featuring a power shower, in-room Lavazza coffee pod machines, irons and ironing boards, larger desks and USB power points throughout, as well as the new look and fully licensed Bar Café serving breakfast and evening meals. London City Travelodge is the company’s largest new build hotel to date.
Wakemans Senior Associate Director Nigel Himpson said: “We’re delighted to be working with Travelodge to support its aims of generating extra capacity to meet the growing demand for affordable accommodation, especially in London.”
Situated in the heart of the Capital’s business district and within walking distance of famous attractions, including the Tower of London, London Bridge, Petticoat Lane Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London City hotel is the flagship for Travelodge PLUS.
The hotel chain unveiled its new Travelodge PLUS ‘budget chic’ concept earlier this summer. The budget chic hotel format is designed around the needs of the modern budget traveller who wants that little bit more style and choice. Travelodge PLUS hotels offer a distinctive choice of rooms as well as a new style Bar Café with touches to make it easier to work and relax outside the room.
Paul Harvey, Travelodge Managing Director – Property said:
“As London’s first budget hotel chain, we are delighted to mark our 30th anniversary of trading in the Capital by opening our new flagship Travelodge PLUS hotel in the City of London. This opening, which is our 75th London hotel, celebrates how far the brand has grown and become symbolic in London for offering unbeatable value and making it affordable for business and leisure travellers to visit our Capital.
“London remains a key growth area for Travelodge as there is a desperate need for more good quality and low cost hotels, especially across the boroughs. We are currently building a further four hotels in London in the following locations: Beckton, Elephant & Castle, Manor House and Peckham. Collectively these hotels represent an investment value of around £82 million and a job creation of 150. However, this is just the start, as we are also actively looking for a further 100 sites across London, where we can open a Travelodge hotel over the next ten years.”