I read on twitter a couple of days ago that Travelodge are looking to open up a hotel in Plumstead. Surely not I thought. So I had a look into it and found a story from The Wharf, and also found that they have recently extended the list of sites where they are looking to open. And it only includes places such as Abbey Wood, Plumstead, Blackheath, as well as many other locations. In fact it’s very extensive, covering many towns across SE London. See here. This is rather eye opening news as it’s hard at first to understand just how they would be viable, and just who would want to stay at many of the places listed. But then Travelodge are pretty much situated almost everywhere across the country now, and have entered the London area quite late, and in particularly SE London and thus see a big untapped market. And who thought that Bexleyheath would have a Hilton before that opened? Also it’s important to remember the list is only of areas they are looking at if the right conditions apply, and if other developments are forthcoming. They often link up with developers and largish schemes such as at the Movement scheme in Greenwich (details below), so I can see Abbey Wood being feasible in a few years with Crossrail arriving and the concurrent big housing plans next to the station.
They are also currently preparing to open at Woolwich in the next couple of months, and have announced plans for Charlton, and also have just opened a hotel near Deptford Bridge DLR. So I was surprised to see they are planning another hotel just 5 minutes away. Travelodge have formally signed an agreement with Cathedral Group to open up a hotel on the site of ‘The Movement’, which is Cathedral’s new development planned for the sight next to Greenwich train/DLR station that was the Greenwich Industrial site.
Cathedral say they are planning to start on site in summer 2012, and with this deal just being struck that looks more likely. Having looked on Cathedral’s site they have a record of submitting many plans and applications over the past 5 years plus, but of getting very little done. They are behind plans in SE London for the Deptford Project, as well as in Bromley which goes before planners in the next couple of days, and two in Eltham. One being the former Coronet cinema, and the other ‘The Grove‘.