Newark's new Travelodge set for February 2021 opening date
Newark's new Travelodge hotel is set for a February opening date, with work gathering pace post-lockdown, and could be a catalyst for town centre revitalisation.
The district council’s long-term approach for the future of Newark is to provide a range of new attractions, including additional food and drink providers, shops and events, as well as extra overnight accommodation, better education and more town centre housing.
The council sees Travelodge as a springboard to these plans. Exclusive images of the hotel development were shared with the Advertiser this week.
The 66-bedroom hotel is well into its second phase of construction, with the site a hive of activity in recent months.
District council leader David Lloyd said: “We promised that we would work to bring an end to this blight on the town and we’re delighted to be on the home stretch.”
The development will bring up to 70 jobs and further enhance Newark as a tourist destination.
The first phase of the hotel construction involved retaining the Grade II listed structure and façade of the former Robin Hood Hotel.
Conservation-led repairs were undertaken to the shell of the building and connections from the original structure to the new steelwork frame completed.
Within the steel frame, the inside is now a recognisable hotel space, with the structures of individual bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms taking shape. The hotel will have three commercial hospitality or shop units beneath.
Mr Lloyd said: “These are exciting times, with really promising town centre developments.
“We want to create further confidence in the town, increase and improve its profile to act as a catalyst for further investment in facilities, services and new developments for the local community.”
In July, Newark submitted its bid for the government’s Towns Fund. With funding expected to be announced within months, 30 projects were identified with a focus on further regenerating the town centre, boosting businesses and improving infrastructure.