Monday, September 6, 2021

News: Travelodge to open 69-room hotel in Rotherham town centre


Major hotel brand, Travelodge, has exchanged a long-term deal with the UK’s leading town and city-centre regenerator, Muse Developments and Rotherham Council, to become the latest anchor occupier at Rotherham’s Forge Island.

The deal will see a new 69-room hotel delivered in the heart of Rotherham town centre, as part of the area’s wider repurposing and transformation into a vibrant mixed-use destination.

Travelodge becomes the second major signing at Forge Island, following the news earlier in the year that boutique cinema operator, The Arc, had agreed to open its seventh site at the scheme. Plans being brought forward by Muse and the council include a number of food and drink outlets and a car park.

The development will be set within a stunning public square, complete with a new pedestrian bridge connecting the scheme to the wider town centre, to create a real sense of place and deliver direct benefits to the Rotherham community.

Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “Bringing a major occupier in Travelodge to Forge Island further highlights our collective commitment with the council to create a connected, innovative and inclusive scheme that brings people back to the town centre.

“We’re working hard to drive investment and growth to benefit the Rotherham community, along with providing a range of employment opportunities too. Forge Island represents what can be done when the best of the public and private sector come together with a clear vision and we’re looking forward to bringing the scheme forward in due course.”

Tony O'Brien, Travelodge UK development director, added: “We are delighted to be opening our first hotel in Rotherham at Forge Island. This development is our 23rd local council hotel partnership. This type of partnerships is of huge benefit to local communities as it helps regenerate vacant space and supports inward investment. This often leads to further development, new job creation and increased income via business rates for the local council.

“There are no branded budget hotels in the centre of Rotherham and this hotel will help attract new visitors to the area. This is great news for the local economy as research shows, customers will spend on average double their room rate with local businesses during their stay which can equate to an annual multi-million pound boost for the Rotherham economy.

“The Forge Island development is in a great location in the heart of the town centre, near to the railway station, the shopping centre and the AESSEAL New York stadium, home of Rotherham United. With on-site car parking and the benefit of the new cinema and restaurants, this Travelodge is ideally located for leisure and business for business and leisure travellers."

Plans were approved in 2020 for the Forge Island scheme on the site of the former Rotherham Forge & Rolling Mills.

The approved plans are for a four storey hotel at the north of the site, designed with a metal top and brick base in grey giving it a separate identity to the cinema. The top element is also clad in metal and the hotel building includes a foyer which connects through to a 40 cover café/bar area plus a separate 2,500 sq ft restaurant unit.

Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “It’s great news that Travelodge has signed up to be part of the Forge Island development and joined The Arc Cinema in helping to create a fantastic asset for people across the borough to make use of.

“We’re determined to create a long-term vision for the town centre and can’t wait to see people using the hotel, cinema and cafes and restaurants that will be on site in the future.

“Travelodge will be an asset to Rotherham, and I’m pleased that they have selected our town to expand their already well know and recognised brand across the country.”

Travelodge operates 582 hotels across the UK and Forge Island will be the only one in the borough.

Following the deal with Travelodge, it is anticipated that construction will begin in 2022.

Travelodge website
Forge Island website

Images: Muse / RMBC / FaulknerBrowns


Graldhunter September 7, 2021 at 9:57 AM  

Wow, I simply cannot wait for Planet New World Utopia to land in/on Forge Island! Rovrum's Path to Riches is now assured, lol 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Anonymous,  September 7, 2021 at 12:26 PM  

"Wow, I simply cannot wait for Planet New World Utopia to land in/on Forge Island! Rovrum's Path to Riches is now assured, lol 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂"

What a bizarre and totally pointless, negative post. Very strange indeed.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2021 at 1:19 PM  

Yes we know the place is a dump, why not get behind the plans instead of making silly comments, I’m old enough to remember when it wasn’t a dump, hopefully this is a step in the right direction!

Anonymous,  September 7, 2021 at 2:20 PM  

People moan when the council does nothing then moan when they do something. Muse Developments aren't a mickey mouse company and have built some big projects. Newcastle Quayside being 1 example. This could be the beginning of good times back in Rotherham and we should all try and get behind it.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2021 at 10:38 PM  

The new Travelodges are much nicer than the older ones. This will be a good option for visitors, being close to Rotherham central, the tram train will provide links back to Sheffield and the Arena. Hopefully, this along with other plans to bring residential areas back, will encourage a better offering of restaurants in town.

Anonymous,  September 8, 2021 at 11:54 AM  

As said above,town defo needs some more quality restaurants and some more quality bars,that's what's needed to enhance the night-time economy.

Anonymous,  September 8, 2021 at 10:12 PM  

Agreed a totally irrelevant post with immature incorrect spelling that adds nothing to the debate. It is fantastic to see investment in Rotherham by a prominent national brand that is sure to encourage footfall and further investment.

Anonymous,  September 9, 2021 at 1:21 PM  

Once again ,only 4 storeys ,why not go 6 or 8 storeys and utilise land available,and get other development s on site.Rotherham council seem terrified of building over 4 or 5 storeys.Bad planning and loss of money from lost business rates from other developments that could be built.

Anonymous,  September 10, 2021 at 8:41 PM  

Looking at latest designs this week in Rotherham advertiser,have to say design looks poor to say least,looks like type of design other places are demolishing.Hotel just s simple brick shape.Why no curves,why no varying of height,floor levels.Looks like something a 10year old would draw .Poor poor poor ,typical of Rotherham ,get cheap laughable buildings!👎

Anonymous,  September 12, 2021 at 6:58 PM  

Couldn't agree more,looks like they've employed an old East German Architect to do job!

Anonymous,  September 12, 2021 at 10:33 PM  

It looks very uninspiring-have a look at the premier inn in Barnsley town centre-that looks in a different class!

Anonymous,  September 13, 2021 at 7:10 PM  

More minimalist structures are the latest trend in architecture so the design of the building fits that direction. It may not be to everyone's taste, though I doubt the look of the building factors into anyones decision when they are booking a travelodge room online. Location is key, and on that front this will be a success. I wish more people who get behind positive developments in Rotherham rather than taking any opportunity to find fault.

Anonymous,  September 14, 2021 at 12:49 PM  

I'm seeing better buildings being demolished than this future eyesore.Suggest you look at buildings going up in Doncaster and Barnsley and compare to this carbuncle!

Mr me September 14, 2021 at 12:52 PM  

Rotherham always seems to get cheap ,look at parkgate retail world,then compare it to the new Fox valley retail park at Stockbridge.

Anonymous,  September 15, 2021 at 9:37 AM  

Parkgate and Fox Valley were built about 30 years apart. You even say 'new' in your post when referring to the latter. How on earth can you make a comparison between the two?!

Mr me September 15, 2021 at 12:07 PM  

Rotherham council still allow "new"builds of the crap type that parkgate is now!It's all about money and getting things on the cheap where Rotherham is concerned.

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