This year’s KBSA AGM, national meeting and networking dinner has been a sell-out with some delegates having to take rooms in a nearby hotel because demand has been so high.

“We are delighted that this year’s event has proved to be so popular with our members”, says KBSA CEO Graham Ball. “We are expecting around 80 people to attend the three events and looking forward to a very successful day and evening.

“We have a great line-up of speakers that includes Nigel Botterill the award winning entrepreneur and business mentor, which is proving to be huge draw. We recognise that times are still tough and our theme of Survive and Prosper is designed to offer useful and informative advice on how to improve business success via improved customer service, mentoring, up-skilling and embracing social media.

“The hotel is also a very popular venue and provides the perfect backdrop for the chance to relax and network in the evening over dinner.”

The KBSA AGM and national meeting will take place at the Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire on Tuesday 11th September. The event begins at 4.00pm and will be followed by a networking dinner, which will also host the presentation of the winners of the KBSA Designer Awards.

A few last places may still be available contact the KBSA on 01623 818808, or visit for more information.


National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has successfully completed four new Travelodge developments with a construction value of around £16 million. The hotels are located in Woolwich, Ipswich, Teddington and Hemel Hempstead.

The Woolwich hotel is one of four that Travelodge completed in London in the three months before the Olympic Games, strengthening the budget hotel chain’s position as the largest hotelier in the capital with 54 hotels. Wakemans acted as Tenant’s Agent for Travelodge on the development, which saw the transformation of a former office building with a grade two listed façade replica of Harrods into a 120 bedroom hotel, with Travelodge’s own brand Bar Café and ground floor retail space.

The Hemel Hempstead Travelodge is a new eight-storey tower, a distinctive building that features a projecting triangular window. As well as a 108 bedroom hotel, the development also features a Toby Carvery and additional retail space. Wakemans also acted as Tenant’s Agent for Travelodge on this development.

At Teddington, Wakemans acted as Quantity Surveyor, Employers Agent and Planning Supervisor on behalf of the developer, one of the Longford Securities and Equities Limited group of companies. This development includes a 113 bedroom hotel, along with nine luxury apartments and a 350m2 restaurant.

Before the hotel in Ipswich was built, important archaeological Second World War bomb shelters had to be recorded. Wakemans acted as Tenant’s Agent for Travelodge on this 108 bedroom hotel on the waterfront, that also includes a Travelodge Bar Café and car parking.


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