BUILDING work on a new 65-bedroom hotel at Hartlepool Marina is on track to be finished by Christmas.
Twelve jobs are expected to be created at the new four-storey Travelodge hotel, which is being built at The Lanyard, in Hartlepool (right).
The multi-million pound scheme is being built on the car park to the east of KFC, next to Vue cinema.
Construction work started in March when huge steel girders were erected.
Since then work has progressed and the hotel is now taking shape over the Hartlepool skyline.
When the construction work is complete, the hotel will include a reception area, bar and a separate ground floor restaurant.
Developer Jomast submitted the planning application to Hartlepool Borough Council and is building the hotel, which will then be rented out to Travelodge.
The ground floor restaurant serving the hotel will be a separate franchise and will be marketed by Jomast.
A spokesman for Travelodge said: “We are very excited to be opening our first Travelodge hotel in Hartlepool which is creating 12 new jobs in the community.
“We have long sought a suitable location in the town that met the high demand for low cost accommodation in the area.
“Hartlepool Marina Travelodge will be finished in time for Christmas, meaning that friends and family visiting residents of Hartlepool will have the choice of affordable accommodation over the festive period.
“Hartlepool Marina Travelodge is one of 41 Travelodge hotels opening this year which is creating over 1,000 jobs.”
Plans for the site, which is known as Metropolitan Park, were unanimously backed by the council’s planning committee in October last year.
They were approved by councillors despite some concerns about drainage on the whole of the marina.
Speaking at the meeting, committee members hoped it would prove to be a “catalyst” for other developments, while it was also hoped it would boost tourism.
The development is part of the Jomast Trincomalee Wharf scheme, near the Museum of Hartlepool, which could include a mix of shops, accommodation, offices and restaurants.
The new hotel will have family and double rooms and it will be round the corner from the Premier Inn hotel, off Maritime Avenue.