Hotel ‘will revitalise The Hard’

Artists impression of the proposed Travelodge proposed for The Hard
Artists impression of the proposed Travelodge proposed for The Hard
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A LANDMARK hotel which will create 36 jobs and begin the regeneration of The Hard has been given the green light.

An application by property giant Land Securities, owner of Gunwharf Quays, to transform the dilapidated Europa House was unanimously approved yesterday.

Budget chain Travelodge is set to turn the 18-storey building, which was previously home to Pall Europe, into a £10m, 170-bedroom hotel.

At a meeting of Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee the designs received near-universal praise, with only traffic and car parking causing minor concerns.

Tory committee member Ken Ellcome said: ‘I have been up to the top floor and this hotel will have some of the most spectacular views anywhere. They will rival Hong Kong or anywhere in the world.

‘It is good for the city and I support it 100 per cent.’

Cllr Margaret Foster, Lib Dem ward councillor for Charles Dickens, said: ‘This is going to show people that the regeneration of the dockyard is going to go ahead. Things are really happening and it is not just talk.’

The 408-space multi-storey car park, which sits below 12 floors of office space, is also going to receive £1m of investment from Land Securities and will be open to the public.

Chairman of the planning committee, Lib Dem councillor Lee Hunt, said: ‘One of the things holding this city back is the lack of hotels.

‘We need more hotels and the fact that they want to come here shows the confidence people have in investing in Portsmouth.’