The 1.5-acre vacant site next to the Black Country Living Museum will be transformed into a 78-bedroom hotel, bringing 25 full and part-time jobs when built. More than 80 jobs will be created during construction.
Commercial property developer and contractor Hinton Group officially launched the development in Tipton Road at an event attended by Cllr Khurshid Ahmed, Dudley Council’s cabinet member for planning and economic development, Hinton Group director Andy Elwell, and development director Jon Hinton.
Cllr Ahmed said: “Dudley Council has helped to secure millions of pounds in investment for Dudley borough over the past five years and this development is the latest move in growing our already thriving visitor economy.
“We know that people who visit Dudley town enjoy its many attractions such as Dudley Zoo, The Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust and I’m confident that the new Travelodge will make it even easier to plan and enjoy visits to the area.”
The development is being forward funded by Aviva, which bought the land from Dudley MBC. When the build is complete, Aviva will grant a head lease of the property back to the local authority.
From, Dudley MBC will grant a lease to Travelodge and will act as landlord at the site.