First Look at the New Travelodge Hotel in Ipswich
The developer behind a new 100-bed hotel project in Ipswich says he is “absolutely thrilled” after the plans were approved by city councilors.
Ipswich Borough Council Planning Committee proposals unanimously approved to build a new Travelodge hotel on an 84-space parking lot between the Endeavor House headquarters in Suffolk County Council and the old Better Gym building in Russell Road on July 28.
The car park – which is close to the Ipswich Town Football Club Stadium – has been underutilized since the gymnasium and the former Staples / Office Outlet retail store on the site closed.
Daren Burney, Chigwell businessman, founder of the Burney Group, said he was “delighted” with this decision. He took over the now vacant Russell Road Retail Park in Ipswich for an undisclosed sum earlier this year.
“This is a welcome boost for Ipswich’s tourism sector which has been in desperate need of new high quality hotel accommodation for some time now. The hotel enjoys a solid location – which is just a short walk away. from Portman Road stadium – while also acting as a gateway to the station and the city center, ”he said.
The five-story hotel designed by Dovetail Architects will feature 28 family rooms, 64 double rooms and eight accessible rooms, as well as allocated parking under the building and some parking spaces outside. It will also have a bar and a restaurant.
Part of the 2.6 acre site also includes a retail warehouse which is currently divided into a 16,651 square foot unit and a 24,450 square foot unit which is now in line for a major facelift by the Burney Group. . The complex was home to Better Gym which closed early last year and Office Outlet which closed in 2019.
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Burney Group plans to breathe new life into the vacant site by renovating the existing space and dividing the warehouse into five separate units ranging from 4,327 square feet to 11,032 square feet.
Mr Burney – whose company is involved in a number of commercial real estate projects in the area – said the hotel will be built to Travelodge specifications, but the Burney Group will remain the owner of the site.
“We are spending millions of pounds on construction costs,” he said.
He praised the Ipswich Borough Council, saying its officials were demanding but “a pleasure to work with”. “It’s good because when you’re a company that invests a lot of money, you like to feel appreciated.”
The program would “certainly” regenerate and improve the region, he added.
“We will re-dress and modernize all retail storage units,” he said. “They’ve been vacant for over a year now – they need a little attention (tender loving care).”
Burney Group is a holding company, which means the project will be a long-term investment for them.
“We take great pride in what we deliver – I take great pride in every project,” the developer said.
He expected construction to begin in the fall and estimated it would take just under a year to build.
“Burney Group has a number of development projects across the country and likes to identify local authorities who value investment and job creation as well as significant investment in the local economy. In this case, it has clearly been evident, and we look forward to as soon as possible so that we can deliver the hotel in fall 2022, “he said.