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Work to start in autumn on Travelodge at former Lloyds site
WORK to build a new £5million hotel in Southampton city centre will begin in the autumn.
Planning permission has been granted to convert a vacant building into a Travelodge hotel which will create 15 jobs.
Work to transform the 1950s-era Gracechurch House building, which has been described as being “past its sell-by date”, is set to begin in November.
Dorset firm CHG Developments bought the Castle Way building after its last occupants, Lloyds bank, left, and signed a deal with Travelodge, which runs more than 500 hotels across the UK and Ireland.
The new building will contain 95 bedrooms as well as basement parking for 23 guests.
All of the 15 posts created by the new hotel will be offered to longterm unemployed city residents through a deal between Travelodge and the Jobcentre.
CHG director Les Pink said construction work is set to begin in November and be completed in June or July next year.
He said: “We’re excited to bring Travelodge to the city centre of Southampton.
“The current architecture of the building is well past its sell-by date, and it will look like a brand new building when work is completed.”
Travelodge spokesman Nick Dines said: “We are delighted to secure such a central location in Southampton.
“We know the business community in Southampton has been looking for extra hotel clients to come in because there is clear demand for hotel rooms.”
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