Budget group Travelodge has opened its first hotel in the seaside resort of Southport in the Grade-II listed Ribble Building incorporating a working clock tower.
Built in 1884, the property has operated as both a train and bus station, but has been derelict for the past 10 years.
It has now been converted into a mixed used scheme which incorporates a restaurant as well as the £5.7m, 101-bedroom Travelodge, which features the company’s new brand style. Seventeen bedrooms have been built into the clock tower.
Sarah Hill, manager of Travelodge Southport, said the opening of the hotel will boost the local economy by £1.2m. “Our research shows that a Travelodge customer will spend on average £36 in local businesses when staying over.”
The opening of the Southport hotel – one of 15 new properties this year for Travelodge – boosts the company’s portfolio to 513 hotels.