PLANS for a multimillion-pound hotel development in Sunderland city centre have been unveiled.
The 82-bedroom hotel, along with retail and leisure facilities, is set to be built in Sunniside.
Dozens of jobs could be created by the £6million Travelodge development, which would be located next to the bowling and cinema complex on High Street West, on a One NorthEast-acquired site.
An application for the hotel has been submitted and, subject to planning permission being approved, it would open in late Autumn 2012.
Six full-time and 12 part-time jobs would be created in the venture, which is between Calmont Group and Kier Property Ltd.
The ground-floor retail development would bring 30 full and part-time positions.
Graham Brooker, a director of Calmont Group, said: “The new Travelodge is a fantastic opportunity for us and we are excited to be bringing such a large investment into Sunderland.
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“The hotel will build on the existing leisure uses already in the area and add to the growing reputation of Sunniside as a great destination in the city centre.”
Tom Gilman, a director of Kier Property, which is building the development, said: “We are delighted to be linking up with Calmont, with their knowledge of Sunniside, to build on our long-standing relationship with Travelodge and deliver another quality hotel development.”
It is hoped that the hotel will help boost the city’s economy, allowing it to capitalise on the amount of visitors coming for concerts at the Stadium of Light.
Some businesses voiced concerns that there were not enough places for people coming to Sunderland to stay, with visitors forced to journey to Newcastle, Gateshead or Durham in search of accommodation.
The new build will be the first hotel built in the city centre for more than a decade.
Sunderland already has a Travelodge hotel in Low Row, in the city centre.
Neil Graham, One NorthEast head of capital programmes, said: “I am pleased we have secured this exciting new development, which adds much-needed accommodation to the mix of retail, business and leisure outlets already thriving within the regenerated Sunniside area.”