One of the most significant developments has been the completion of the first franchised Travelodge outlet, which has begun trading at Glasgow Airport in conjunction with Jarvis Hotels. “We are just starting to look into this possibility,” says Jackson.
A new £1.9 million Travelodge was opened in Peterborough last December. The 42-bedroom facility is conveniently located on the junction of the A47/A1073 heading towards Wisbech from the A1 and also features a Little Chef, Harry Ramsden’s, Uppercrust and Rittazza.
“Travelodge Peterborough is just three miles from the city centre, making it a great base for getting about the region,” says Travelodge managing director Simon Turl. “We are delighted to be bringing the UK’s number one budget hotel brand to the area, creating more than eight jobs.”
Like all Travelodge accommodation, all rooms in the new Peterborough hotel are en suite and come with a television, luxury Hypnos beds, and tea and coffee making facilities.
More recently, a 43-bedroom Travelodge opened its doors in Cirencester in February. The hotel is situated beside a Little Chef outlet and a BP filling station.
“This development was carried out in an extremely sensitive planning area,” says Jackson. “It took five years just to get planning permission for the site, and there were a lot of additional construction costs. Local stone had to be used, and extensive consultation had to be carried out as the site is in a heavily wooded area. In addition, a nearby bat colony meant that extreme care had to be taken during construction.”
This is typical of the attention to detail that must be paid to each scheme. Travelodge may be a nationwide brand, but every development requires special consideration. “We cover every aspect of the process,” says Jackson. “From the acquisition of the site through to the planning, construction and day-to-day management.”
It is this commitment to detail, and an ability to identify new opportunities in the budget hotel market, that are keeping Travelodge ahead of the pack. •