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.”
Portsmouth’s skyline is to take on a new look next summer as the UK’s first budget hotel chain continues its countrywide expansion programme with a new £10 million Travelodge in the city centre, its third hotel in Portsmouth.
To oversee its interests Travelodge has appointed national property and construction consultancy Wakemans as tenant’s agent on the 152-room hotel, which will offer some of the best views over the city.
Travelodge already operates two hotels in Portsmouth – Portsmouth Hilsea Travelodge and Portsmouth Travelodge in North End.
This latest development is a new build, 11-storey standalone hotel on a vacant brownfield site with ground floor car parking, reception and a Bar Café serving breakfast and evening meals on the first floor.
The hotel will also feature Travelodge’s premium economy room concept called SuperRooms. This new class of room, the first of its kind in the UK budget hotel market, dials up the comfort factor with a concept designed especially for business and leisure customers who want the extra choice of a more premium room.
The stylish SuperRoom has everything that you would expect from Travelodge but with lots of new additional creature comforts. It has been styled in a modern residential décor scheme, creating a home from home feel. It features a new dream-light colour scheme which includes tones of calming blue, warm beige and tranquil taupe, as well as blackout curtains, creating a relaxing atmosphere for a restful night’s sleep.
Wakemans Senior Associate Director Nigel Himpson said: “With this new hotel in the city centre, which is targeting a BREEAM Excellent standard, Travelodge is reinforcing its commitment to Portsmouth.
“We’re delighted to be supporting Travelodge as it plays its part in helping to grow the local economy by addressing the need for quality hotels rooms at the right price.”
Overlooking the Grade 2-listed Victoria Park and less than a five-minute walk from the railway station, the Stanhope Road site is undergoing a transformation. The new Travelodge is one of a number of high rise developments taking shape in the area, including 1,000 student flats for the University of Portsmouth in the adjacent Catherine House building.
Travelodge Property Director, Tony O’Brien said: “We are delighted to be opening Portsmouth Stanhope Road Travelodge, our third hotel in the city and our first in the city centre. There is a desperate need for more low cost and good quality accommodation in the city. Our new centrally located hotel will help attract business and leisure travellers to the area, which will give the local economy an annual boost of over £2 million.”
Contractors are on site and construction of the new Portsmouth city centre Travelodge is scheduled for completion in June 2019.
Photo caption: Wakemans has been appointed on a new 152-bedroom Travelodge in Portsmouth city centre.
Wakemans is one of Europe’s leading privately owned and managed construction, cost and property consultants offering tailored professional services across a wide range of sectors. The firm is committed to building long-term relationships with national and international clients, which come from both the private and public sector and are serviced from offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Caernarfon. Wakemans focuses on delivering solutions based on commercial awareness and shrewd business advice together with an understanding of the markets in which its clients operate. Services include project management, quantity surveying/ construction cost consultancy, building surveying, health & safety advice, CDM consultancy/principal designer, monitoring surveying, expert witness support and sustainability services.
Founded in 1985, Travelodge is one of the UK’s leading hotel brands. It operates 566 Travelodge hotels in the UK, Spain and Ireland as at 24th July 2018. Travelodge welcomes approximately 19 million customers every year and over 10,000 colleagues work across the business.