Travelodge to occupy Rotherham’s Forge Island

Travlodge has exchanged a deal with Muse Developments to become the latest anchor occupier at Rotherham’s Forge Island, which will see a new 69-room hotel delivered in the heart of the town centre.

The development will be set within a public square, complete with a new pedestrian bridge connecting the scheme to the wider town centre.

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, development director, Travelodge UK, added: “This type of partnership 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.”

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